Vietnam, Singapore issue stamps to mark 40 years of ties

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The stamps issued by Vietnam and Singapore to celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations PHOTO BY VGP NEWS

Vietnam and Singapore have issued a set of two similar stamps featuring a bird each from the two countries to mark the 40th anniversary of establishment of bilateral relations.

A ceremony was held August 12 by Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communications and Vietnam Post at the Hanoi Post Office to release the stamps.

One stamp features Vietnam's grey peacock pheasant and the other, Singapore's red jungle fowl. Both have a male and female bird each.

The pheasants were drawn by Vietnamese painter To Minh Trang, and the jungle fowl by Singaporean Eng Siak Loy.

Singapore Post on August 12 released the stamps at the Jurong Bird Park.

This is the second set of stamps the two countries have jointly issued. The first one, to mark the 35th anniversary of ties in 2008, featured Vietnam's dragon fruit and Singapore's durian.

On August 11 the stamps were presented to Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his visiting Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong after they wrapped up talks to elevate bilateral ties to the level of a strategic partnership in Hanoi.

Lee's three-day visit to Vietnam ended Friday.

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