The Vietnamese Embassy in France and the Vietnamese Defence Attaché Corps in Laos on January 30 organised activities to see in the Lunar New Year.

In the very first moments of the Lunar New Year (Vietnamese time), the embassy in Paris offered incense to late President Ho Chi Minh.

Reflecting on the year just gone, Ambassador Duong Chi Dung said that the “France Year in Vietnam 2013”, which marked the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic ties, was celebrated with an array of events in various fields from politics, economics, culture, education to tourism.

The “Vietnam Year in France 2014” will be launched during a visit to the European country by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh in February, he added.

The diplomat went on by saying that the two events have strengthened national ties in all spheres, opening prospects of effective and sustainable cooperation.

Meanwhile, the Vietnamese Defence Attaché Corp in Laos held a get-together in Vientiane to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

On behalf of the corps, Colonel Tao Van Thai informed guests about outcomes of cooperation between the two countries’ armies, adding that the corps’ work in 2013 has contributed to the close connection between both armies.

Lao Defence Deputy Minister Lieutenant General Chansamone Channhalath expressed his belief that Vietnam ’s achievements will encourage the Lao people and army in their national construction and defence.

He wished that more practical exchanges will be held between both sides to deepen mutual understanding and treasure accomplishments in the two countries’ relations.-VNA