Hundreds of Vietnamese nationals in the Republic of Cyprus joined friends in the host society in a ceremony held on May 10 in the capital of Nicosia to mark 40 years since Vietnam’s national reunification day.

The event heard that April 30, 1975 was an important historical milestone for Vietnam, ushering the country into a new era of independence, reunification, democracy, equality and civilisation.

Vietnam overcame difficulties to industrialise and modernise as well as actively diversify its relations with partners around the world.

The Southeast Asian country is a reliable friend, partner, and responsible member of the international community, raising Vietnam’s position in the global arena.

Vietnam has established diplomatic relations with over 180 countries and set up economic links with over 200 nations and territories.

It is a member of many international organisations and forums such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The Vietnamese community in Cyrus called upon the international community to support Vietnam in the fight to safeguard peace, stability and development in the East Sea, as well as advocate ending unilateral acts threatening peace, stability and security in the region.

The meeting and its art performances and photo exhibition on Vietnam’s sea and islands drew attention from locals and foreign tourists.-VNA