Illustrative photo (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Leaders of foreign countries sent congratulatory messages to Vietnamese Party, State and Government leaders on the country’s 73rd National Day (September 2).

Myanmar President Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi cabled their messages of congratulations to Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

In their message, President Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi expressed their delight at the rapid development of Vietnam-Myanmar friendship and multifaceted cooperation, both bilaterally and multilaterally, particularly within the ASEAN. The Myanmar leaders believed that the Comprehensive Cooperative Partnership between the two nations would be continuously consolidated and developed for mutual benefits.

Meanwhile, the Indian leaders said they were pleased to welcome President Quang and PM Phuc in India in March and January 2018, respectively. They thanked Vietnam for its significant contributions as coordinator of ASEAN-India relations. They affirmed that Vietnam is a key pillar in India’s “Look East” policy and expressed confidence in the growth of the Vietnam-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for mutual benefits and for peace and development in the region.   

The Vietnamese President and PM also received similar messages from US President Donald Trump, who affirmed that 2018 is an outstanding year with milestones recorded in Vietnam-US relations.

President Trump said he was satisfied with his visits to Da Nang and Hanoi last year, and applauded the increasing connectivity between the two countries as reflected in their Comprehensive Partnership. He believed that 2019 would be a promising year for bilateral ties, and is looking forward to working with Vietnamese leaders in stepping up the realisation of priorities set for the Indo-Pacific region.

Governor-General of Australia Peter Cosgrove sent a congratulatory letter to President Tran Dai Quang. In the letter, he wrote Australia highly values its relations with Vietnam.

The Governor-General said he was delighted to find that the importance of bilateral ties was acknowledged by the Vietnamese and Australian PMs in the joint statement on establishing Vietnam-Australia Strategic Partnership in early 2018. Cosgrove said he expects the bilateral relationship to thrive on the basis of their freshly upgraded relations. He also stressed his belief that the two countries, as members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), will continue expanding their economic and trade cooperation.

President Moon Jae-in also delivered a congratulatory message to President Tran Dai Quang, in which he expressed his hope that based on agreements secured by both sides in his visit to Vietnam last March, more diverse cooperation activities will be held, thus bringing wealth and happiness to people of both nations and deepening their mutual understanding and friendship.

Meanwhile, in his letter to President Tran Dai Quang, Japanese Emperor Akihito conveyed his sincere congratulations and wish for prosperity to the Vietnamese people. The Emperor said he and Empress Michiko were happy to remember memories they shared with President Quang and his wife during the Vietnamese leader’s visit to Japan.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko extended his greetings to General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong and President Tran Dai Quang, while Belarusian PM Sergei Rumas cabled a message of congratulations to PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon also sent congratulatory messages to President Tran Dai Quang.

On this occasion, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh received congratulations from Myanmar Vice Presidents Myint Swe and Henry Van Thio.

Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh received congratulatory messages from Myanmar’s Union Minister for International Cooperation Kyaw Tin, US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva, and Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei.-VNA