A number of events were organised by Vietnamese embassies abroad in celebration of the 69 th anniversary of National Day (September 2).

Addressing a ceremony in Paris on September 2, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Duong Chi Dung highlighted the increasing maturity of Vietnam-France relations, especially since the two countries signed a strategic partnership agreement in September 2013 during Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to France. The diplomat considered the bilateral relationship as proof for Vietnam’s development and international integration.

He highly valued the contributions made by the Vietnamese community to strengthening the bilateral ties.

Guests emphasised the two countries’ relations. Bernard Miyet, former United Nations under-secretary-general for peace-keeping operations, said the historic ties connected the people of France and Vietnam. He acknowledged Vietnam’s role in the international arena, and underlined the country’s contribution to building a better world by joining UN peace-keeping missions.

In Germany, a ceremony was held at the Vietnamese House (Viethaus) in Berlin with the participation of representatives from German ministries and parliament, and agencies abroad.

Ambassador Nguyen Thi Hoang Anh hailed the success of the year 2014, which has seen a number of exchange visits between the two countries. The two countries are preparing for the 40 th anniversary of their diplomatic ties in 2015.

Clemens von Goetze from the German Foreign Ministry expressed his hope that the next year will bring more opportunities to strengthen citizen exchanges between the two countries. A German business conference for the Asian-Pacific region (APK) taking place in Ho Chi Minh City from November 20-22 is expected to achieve breakthroughs in trade and investment for the two countries as well as the region as a whole.

During an event in Cairo, Vietnamese Ambassador to Egypt Dao Thanh Chung emphasised the significance of the August Revolution in 1945 for Vietnam and the world, and highlighted the country’s achievements over the past 69 years.

He also thanked the Egyptian government for its help in evacuating Vietnamese citizens working in Libya.

That same day, National Day receptions were held by the Vietnamese ambassadors to Algeria, Laos and Singapore. The diplomats acknowledged the friendships and mutual cooperation between Vietnam and the respective countries.-VNA