A crowd of overseas Vietnamese in the US’s New York City on February 7 (local time) were brought together to celebrate the upcoming traditional Lunar New Year (Tet), the most important holiday in Vietnam.

Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, highlighted the significance of the founding day of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) to the cause of national construction, liberation and development.

She underlined remarkable achievements made by Vietnam in the Doi moi (reform) and international integration process.

The Ambassador also extended her sincere appreciation for the contributions of the Vietnamese community abroad, including those from New York and the US, to Vietnam’s development.

Despite challenges over the past year, Vietnam expanded its foreign affairs and elevated its position in the global arena. Looking forward, the nation pledges to continue being an active and responsible member of the United Nations, contributing to global peace, security and prosperity.

Event guests enjoyed traditional cuisine and music programmes.

The same day, the Vietnamese Embassy in Argentina held a gathering for Vietnamese expatriates in the host society.

Ambassador Nguyen Dinh Thao highlighted 2015 as a significant year with major celebratory events, including the 70th anniversary of the National Day (September 2) and the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

He reiterated the Party and State’s policy regarding overseas Vietnamese as an indispensable part of the nation.

He also underlined the deepening cooperation between Vietnam and Argentina, with a record-setting trade value of 1.92 billion USD in 2014, up 20.6 percent from the previous year.-VNA