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Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam – US Society (VUS) and Peace Trees Vietnam (PTVN) held a gathering in Hanoi on September 16 with Vietnamese and American war veterans, on the occasion of the 74th anniversary of National Day (September 2) and the VUS (October 17), and the 25th anniversary of the normalisation of the Vietnam – US ties.

The foreign guests are on a working trip to Vietnam from September 14-30.

Speaking at the event, Ambassador Nguyen Van Huynh, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Peace Committee and permanent member of the VUS, recalled the traditional history of the VUS and highlighted achievements by Vietnam over the past years.

He also introduced the position and role of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations and the VUS in order to foster friendship and solidarity between Vietnamese people and international friends.

According to him, Vietnam and the US have expanded bilateral ties across politics, diplomacy, economy, national defence-security, culture and education since the normalisation of their relationship in 1995.

PTVN Executive Director Claire Yunker said his organisation has conducted bombs and mines clearance projects and other humanitarian activities since its establishment in 1995, thus contributing to further tightening the Vietnam – US people-to-people exchange.

She added that the PTVN will continue with its activities in Vietnam in the near future.

This is the first non-governmental organisation in the US to be licensed in the search and clearance of bombs, mines and explosives.

At the event, Vietnamese and American war veterans discussed initiatives to further boost peace, cooperation and development in the two countries./.