The Vietnamese Embassy in the US held a ceremony in Washington on August 29 to celebrate the 68th National Day of Vietnam (September 2).

Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Nguyen Quoc Cuong highlighted the strong development of Vietnam over the past 68 years. The country is now a dynamic market with nearly 90 million people who are determined to further comprehensive reforms and intenational integration.

The ambassador recalled that President Ho Chi Minh sent a letter to US President Truman just several months after Vietnam won independence in 1945, expressing his wish to foster wide-ranging ties with the country.

It was realised by the establishment of the Vietnam-US comprehensive cooperative partnership in Washington on July 25, 2013 during President Truong Tan Sang’s US visit, he said.

He also stressed the need to implement agreements reached during the visit for peace, stability, cooperation and prosperity in each nation, the region and the world at large.

Acting Assistant to the US Secretary of State Scot Marciel expressed his belief in the development of an all-around partnership between the two nations in the years to come.

A similar ceremony also took place in Pretoria, South Africa on the same day.

Vietnamese Ambassador to South Africa Le Huy Hoang, in his speech, highlighted Vietnam’s policy of fostering friendship with South Africa, the top African trading partner of Vietnam and an important member of the G-20, leading emerging national economies BRICS and regional and international organisations.

South African Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development John Jeffery made it clear that his country highly values the bilateral friendship and traditional cooperation nurtured by their generations of leaders like Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Nelson Mandela.

South Africa always considers Vietnam as a trustworthy partner. The two nations should take advantage of their fine political relations over the past years to further cement multifaceted ties, Jeffery said.

He added he wishes both Vietnam and South Africa will continue facilitating visits to lift their partnership to a new height.-VNA