The Malaysian Embassy in Hanoi hosted a banquet on September 4 to mark the 57 th anniversary of the country’s National Day (August 31, 1957-2014).

Among guests at the event were Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Vinh and Lieut. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army.

Addressing the event, Malaysian Ambassador to Vietnam Dato Azmil Mohd Zabidi stressed that the bilateral relationship has continuously developed in all fields, with the regular exchange of all-level visits.

Deputy FM Vinh expressed his belief that with joint efforts made by the two countries’ high-ranking leaders and people, the Vietnam-Malaysia friendship and cooperation will flourish in the future.

Vietnam and Malaysia set up their diplomatic ties on March 31, 1973. Two-way trade between them hit 9.1 billion USD last year.-VNA