Prime Minister Phan Van Khai at working session in APEC

Ha Noi, Sept. 12 (VNA) -- Leaders of seven ASEAN countries who are in Auckland, New Zealand, for the seventh Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit had a working session today (Sept. 12).

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam at APEC Ministerial Meeting

Nhan Dan Sep.11--Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Nguyen Manh Cam and some other Vietnamese senior officials attended the 11th Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum ministerial meeting, which was held on September 9-10 in Auckland, New Zealand to discuss issues of mutual concern in the APEC framework and to prepare for the seventh APEC summit.

US Secretary of State Madeline Albright Visits Vietnam

US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright arrived in Hanoi on September 6 to begin a two-day visit Vietnam.

Ms. Albright paid courtesy visits to General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Le Kha Phieu and Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, and had talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Nguyen Manh Cam.

At the meetings, Vietnam and the US exchanged views on bilateral relations and on regional and international issues of common concern.

US Senate Delegation Visits Vietnam

A US Senate delegation head by Senator Richard Shelby, Chairman of the US Senate Select Committee for Intelligence, visited Vietnam from Aug. 28-31, 1999. The US Senate delegation was received by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minsister Nguyen Manh Cam, Defence Minister Pham Van Tra.

Five-day Working Week from October

Nhan Dan Aug 29--The Government has decided to carry out a five-day working week, starting from October 2 with two days off.

If a holiday coincides with Saturday or Sunday, administrative employees will have the following day off.

Beneficiaries are cadres, civil servants and people working in the administrative offices and socio-political organisations of the State.

If any departments of education and health sectors face difficulties, a six-day working week system will be still implemented until the first day of the year 2000.

Malaysia's construction of some projects on the En Ca area belonging to the Truong Sa archipelago

Nhandan Aug. 26 --Vietnam has sufficient historical and legal evidences to prove its indisputable sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracels) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes, reiterated a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry in Hanoi on August 25.

The spokesperson affirmed Vietnam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes while answering a Vietnam News Agency correspondent's question on Vietnam's viewpoint on Malaysia's construction of some projects on the En Ca area belonging to the Truong Sa archipelago.

US Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City

VNA Ha Noi, Aug. 16 -- The US Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City opened the American official consulate at No. 4, Le Duan str., today, Aug. 16.

The opening ceremony was attended by US Ambassador to Viet Nam Pete Peterson, and US Assistant Secretary of State Mary Ryan, and US Senator Charles T. Hagel, US Consul General Charles Ray and other foreign Consuls General in Ho Chi Minh City.

US Senator arrives amid

VNA Hanoi Aug. 15

The foreign ministry spokesperson on Korean issues

"Peace and stability on the Korean peninsular directly relates to peace and stability in Asia and the Pacific. Viet Nam supports all efforts aimed at promoting dialogue and co-operation, thus contributing to ensuring peace and long-term stability in the region. Viet Nam supports the Korean people