The Vietnamese Embassy and the Defence Attache office in US on December 17 held a reception to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Vietnamese People’s Army Day (Dec. 22).

Among the participants at the event were the ambassadors and representatives from foreign embassies in Washington and the US Department of Defense.

Speaking at the reception, Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Le Cong Phung spoke on the construction and development of the Vietnamese People's Army (VPA) over the past 65 years.

During the period, the VPA has accomplished duties that the Party, State and the people assigned to them including to protect the national independence, unification, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and improve Vietnam’s position and prestige in the region and the world.

Ambassador Le Cong Phung said that Vietnam-US defence ties have seen steady growth, with bilateral political, security and defence dialogue held in Hanoi in October 2008 and Washington DC in June 2009, helping elevate the relations to a higher level.

The recent US visit by Defence Minister Phung Quang Thanh was more evidence of the developing defence relations between the two countries.

The Ambassador expressed his belief that in the spirit of mutual trust, understanding and respect, the friendly and cooperative defence relations between Vietnam and the US will be further strengthened in the interest of the two peoples and that of regional and international peace, stability and prosperity.

Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense of the US, Derek Mitchell, spoke highly of developments in the bilateral relations between the US and Vietnam, including defence and security.

He said the relationship between the two countries has good prospects but the two sides need to keep constant care and attention to deal with the war legacies, such as the Agent Orange or missing in action (MIS) issue, contributing to further strengthening relations between the US and Vietnam.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Russia held a reception on Dec. 17 to mark the event.

Ambassador Bui Dinh Dinh highlighted the support that Russian people offered to Vietnam in national defence and building.

A meeting was also held in China to mark the 65th anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army Day on Dec. 18.

Vietnamese Ambassador to China Nguyen Van Tho affirmed that VPA’s efforts in the implementation of the Party and State’s policies have made contributions to strengthening friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and other countries, including China .

The diplomat wished the relationship between VPA and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army develop, contributing to building Vietnam-China comprehensive cooperative strategic partnership./.