On January 21, the Vietnamese Embassy in the US held a New Year celebration for OVs in Washington DC and adjacent areas, which was attended by nearly 300 Vietnamese expatriates in the country.
Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Pham Quang Vinh told participants on the country’s development, affirming that the Vietnamese community abroad is an indispensable part of the nation.
The diplomat highly appreciated the great contributions by OVs in the US to the homeland’s development, and stressed the embassy will try better efforts to facilitate activities of the community at home, contributing to the national development.
Ambassador Vinh said the affiliation between Vietnam and the US has strongly developed in various fields after the visit to the US by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in July 2015 and US President Barack Obama’s visit to Vietnam in May last year.
The Ambassador said he believes that the bilateral ties will be further strengthened in a practical, effective, stable and long-term manner in the coming time.
On the same day, overseas Vietnamese in South Africa also held a ceremony to mark the Vietnam’s biggest traditional event.
Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to South Africa Vu Van Dung hailed the Vietnamese community in the country for organising activities to promote unity. The diplomat also called for more contributions from OVs to enhancing the friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
Participating expatiates had a chance to enjoy traditional foods of Vietnam.
Earlier, on January 20, a similar celebration held by the Vietnamese Consulate General in Vancouver, the province of British Columbia of Canada brought together representatives from diplomatic agencies of ASEAN member countries, overseas Vietnamese people in the country.
Speaking at the ceremony, Consul General Pham Manh Hai briefed participants on the success of the 12th National Party Congress and Vietnam’s achievements in socio-economic development, and the fruitful development of the Vietnam-Canada relations.
The Consulate General appreciates the Canadian Government’s continued provision of official development assistance (ODA) for Vietnam’s socio-economic development and climate change adaptation projects, according to Consul General.
He affirmed Vietnamese expatriates abroad, including those in Canada, are always welcomed and encouraged to invest in the homeland, thus contributing to building the country.
The diplomat called on OVs to make more practical contributions to the nation’s development and to promoting the Vietnam-Canada friendship and cooperation.
A representative from the province of British Columbia reviewed the two countries’ fruitful ties, as well as links between the province and Vancouver city with Vietnam.
He praised the role played by the Consulate General in boosting the bilateral relations and supporting Vietnamese in western provinces of Canada.
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