Viet Nam’s National Day celebrated in US


The Vietnamese Embassy in the United States has organised a ceremony to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day (September 2).



Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Pham Quang Vinh described the National Day as an important milestone in Vietnam’s history, marking a turning point for Vietnam to become a dynamically developing nation and an active member of the international community.


He highlighted the strong development in Vietnam-US relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties, particularly after the two countries set up a comprehensive partnership, which are being consolidated under US President Donald Trump’s administration.



Vietnam and the US have issued a joint statement for enhancing the bilateral relationship to a new height during Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to the US in May, Vinh said, adding that US President Trump is scheduled to pay a visit to Vietnam in November.


The Vietnamese diplomat pledged to work closely with US agencies to prepare for the US President’s visit to Vietnam and attending the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in November, thus building on the positive momentum of bilateral relations and strengthening cooperation between the US and the Asia – Pacific region.



For her part, Acting Assistant US Secretary of State Susan Thornton underlined the all-out cooperation between the two countries, particularly in economy, trade, education, tourism, elaborating that the Vietnam - US trade value reached nearly 60 billion USD in 2016, and there are more than 21,000 Vietnamese students studying in the US.


The figures reflect the strong development in the US-Vietnam relationship, she said, promising to continue promoting the US-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership in the coming time, as well as cooperating with Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in regional and international issues of common concern, including security, safety and freedom of navigation, counter-terrorism, non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.



Diane Farrell, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia at the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration underscored the remarkable growth in relations between the two countries, particularly in economy, trade, and investment. - VNA