Delegates to the gathering held by Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand take photo (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand hosted a gathering in the northeastern Thai province of Udon Thani on September 2 to celebrate Vietnam’s 73rd National Day.

Attending the event were the Governors and Deputy Governors of Thailand’s northeastern provinces, Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister and Chairman of the State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs Vu Hong Nam, Chairman of the Vietnamese General Association in Thailand Cao Van San and representatives from the overseas Vietnamese community.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Hai Bang lauded late President Ho Chi Minh, who led Vietnam to success in the struggle for independence.

He stressed that Vietnamese people can be proud of the country’s development. From a poor country, Vietnam has become a developing and middle income nation, with people’s living conditions improved, its socio-political situation stabilised and its position in the international arena enhanced.

The diplomat stated that Vietnam-Thailand relations are developing well, in not only defence security, but also economics, trade and investment.

They are each other’s biggest trade partner in ASEAN, with two-way trade growing by 15.5 percent each year to hit 15.3 billion USD in 2017. Thailand ranks ninth out of 126 nations and territories investing in Vietnam, with 493 projects worth a total 10 billion USD, he added.

Also on the occasion, the overseas Vietnamese community in Berlin and Brandenburg held a sport and cultural festival to connect Vietnamese people living in Germany.-VNA