Overseas Vietnamese welcome Lunar New Year hinh anh 1 Ambassador Pham Cao Phong speaks at the Tet gathering (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnamese embassies in foreign countries have hosted gatherings to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.

More than 200 Vietnamese in Beijing gathered at a meeting at the Vietnamese Embassy on January 30 to welcome the Year of the Monkey.

In his remarks, ​Charge d’affairs of the Vietnamese Embassy in China Vu Tien Dung briefed the overseas Vietnamese on their homeland’s socio-economic situation last year as well as the country’s major achievements in international integration and foreign relations.

Regarding the Vietnam-China ties, the diplomat affirmed that the relationship has developed fruitfully, as evidenced by high-level visits and meetings during which the two sides reached agreements on measures to deepen their comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and address remaining differences.

He also applauded the contributions made to national construction and development at home by the Vietnamese community in China.

The same day, the Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia held a get-together with the participation of more than 300 Vietnamese people and international friends in the country.

Speaking at the event, Ambassador Pham Cao Phong hailed the activities conducted by the Vietnamese community in Malaysia in 2015, especially their reception for Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung during his official visit to the country.

During the Prime Minister’s visit, the two sides agreed to upgrade their relationship to a strategic partnership, he noted.

Also on January 30, a similar event was held at the Vietnamese Embassy in Japan to mark the coming arrival of the Tet holiday.

Ambassador Nguyen Quoc Cuong highlighted Vietnam’s achievements over the past year, most worthy of note being the recently concluded 12th National Party Congress.

The Vietnamese community in Japan has expanded rapidly with more than 120,000 people at present, double the figure recorded in 2013, he said, praising their contributions to national construction and defence as well as the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Japan.-VNA