The Vietnamese Consulate General in Houston, the US state of Texas, organised a get-together on February 12 to celebrate the lunar New Year (Tet) festival.

The event brought together nearly 300 Vietnamese living in the state, who were joined by representatives from Houston administration and the US State Department.

Addressing the celebration, Consul General Nguyen Van Hoa highlighted progress in Vietnam-US bilateral relations in 2014. Two way trade between the two countries reached 35 billion USD last year.

He called on the Vietnamese expatriates to contribute more to the ties between Texas State and Vietnam in the fields of economy, investment, education and health.

On the same occasion, the Vietnamese Embassies in Germany and Egypt also carried out many activities to celebrate Tet.

Ambassador to Egypt Dao Thanh Chung asserted the State and Party’s consistent policy of considering overseas Vietnamese as an inseparable part of the Vietnamese nation.

He also praised contributions of the overseas Vietnamese to the country’s development, stronger international integration, and raising the position of Vietnam in the world.-VNA