Vietnam holds National Day banquet at UN headquarters

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National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung speaks at the National Day banquet held at the UN headquarters in New York on September 1, 2015. Photo: VNA National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung speaks at the National Day banquet held at the UN headquarters in New York on September 1, 2015. Photo: VNA

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Vietnam’s permanent delegation at the United Nations on Tuesday held a grand banquet at the UN headquarters in New York to celebrate the country’s 70th anniversary of the National Day, September 2.
National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung presided over the event, held for the first time at the UN headquarters and with the attendance of many foreign diplomats and international friends.
Among high-profile guests were President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Saber Chowdhury, President of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft, and UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.
Speaking at the event, Hung said that 2015 is a special year for the UN and Vietnam, as both are celebrating the 70th anniversary of their establishment.
Vietnamese people are continually grateful for the support and assistance from friends around the world, the UN and the IPU in the country’s liberation and re-unification cause as well as in the current national construction and defense.
With regards to the Vietnam-US relationship, Hung said Vietnam and the US have made great efforts over the past 40 years to overcome differences and that the relationship is better now than ever before.
He said the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1995 and the Comprehensive Partnership Agreement in 2013 opened a new stage of development in Vietnam-US ties.
The National Assembly Chairman will pay an official visit to the US from September 3-9.
Earlier, he attended the fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament running from August 31 to September 2 in New York.

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