Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong at the ceremonies to mark the country’s 73rd National Day. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
The Vietnamese Embassies in Japan and Australia on August 31 organised ceremonies to mark the country’s 73rd National Day (September 2).

At the event, Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong recalled Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements since it won independence 73 years ago.

He thanked the Japanese Government and people for giving support to Vietnam, especially in economics, and wished that the development of the Vietnamese community in Japan, with 300,000 people, will make contributions to socio-economic growth in both countries.

Japanese Minister of Justice Yoko Kamikawa hailed Vietnam’s recent development, hoping that friendship between Vietnam and Japan will be enhanced for peace and prosperity in the two countries as well as in the region.

Meanwhile in Australia, the event saw the attendance of Governor-General of Australia Peter Cosgrove and his spouse, high-level officials of the Australian Government, parliamentarians, experts, and representatives from Vietnamese representative offices and the Vietnamese community.


Celebration in Australia (Photo: VNA)

Ambassador Ngo Huong Nam highlighted Vietnam’s impressive achievements attained from its reforms and efforts in promoting global integration.

The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow 6.8 percent this year, the fastest pace in the past decade, making Vietnam become an attractive destination for both domestic and foreign investors.

He said that Vietnam could not attain such achievements without cooperation and support from foreign countries and partners, including Australia.

The strategic partnership between Vietnam and Australia has been built based on sound collaboration in the fields of defence, terrorism prevention, trade and investment, education, and science-technology, he said.

Also, he stressed that the community with 300,000 Vietnamese-Australians and 30,000 Vietnamese students pursuing study in Australia has made significant contributions to the robust development in the bilateral ties.

2018 is a special year as it witnessed various high-level visits of leaders from both sides, he said, adding that those help enhance mutual understanding, and strengthen the partnership between the two countries.

For his part, Governor-General of Australia Peter Cosgrove expressed his delight at the sound cooperation with Vietnam, with two-way trade reaching 13 billion AUD, adding that the people-to-people exchange also contributes significantly to the strong bonds.-VNA