Vietnam's National Day marked in USA


VNA - The Vietnamese Embassy in the United States hosted a banquet in Washington on Sept 10, to celebrate the 67th anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day (September 2). 
Attending the event were Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of State and  Kurt Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia-Pacific Affairs and representatives from other countries’ diplomatic missions in the capital city. 
Addressing the ceremony, Ambassador to the US Nguyen Quoc Cuong said that over the past 67 years, Vietnam has always tried its utmost to protect the country’s independence and sovereignty and is in the process of speeding up comprehensive renovation. 
He reviewed the visits in 2012 by the US’ Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Trade Representative Ron Kirk, saying that they are symbols of the fast growing relations between the two countries. 
The ambassador also mentioned the fact that more than 15,000 Vietnamese students are studying in the US , the largest number among ASEAN member counties and the 8th among countries with students in the US . 
“I believe the two countries’ ties will continue to further develop in the interests of the two peoples, and for peace, stability and development in Asia-Pacific,” he said. 
For his part, Kurt Campbell congratulated the Vietnamese people for the achievements in the renewal process. He affirmed the US’ strong commitment to boosting the solidarity and the key role of ASEAN in dealing with challenges in the region.-VNA