Numerous activities celebrating Viet Nam’s 62nd National Day (September 2) were held in Cuba, Germany, France, Panama and Australia on September 1.
The Vietnamese Embassy in Cuba and the Cuba-Viet Nam Friendship Organisation (CVFO) in the September 1 morning jointly paid floral tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his monument in Havana.
Vice President of the CVFO Joel Diaz highlighted the great contributions made by President Ho to the Vietnamese and Cuban people, and also other nations in the world. He wished Vietnamese brothers to obtain more achievements in their national economic development.
The same day, Cuban President Fidel Castro sent congratulations and a rose basket to the Vietnamese Embassy on the occasion.
In Germany, a meeting was held jointly by the Vietnamese Embassy, the association of overseas Vietnamese in Brandenburg state and representatives of the local authorities.
Stefan Ludwig, President of Koenig Wusterhausen city’s administrative government expressed his admiration at President Ho – a genius leader of the Vietnamese people. He also extolled Viet Nam’s development achievements over the past 20 years of renovation and said he was satisfied with the increasing cooperation between Viet Nam and his city in particular and Germany in general.
The Vietnamese Ambassador to France, Nguyen Dinh Bin, and other Vietnamese diplomats in Paris offered incense to President Ho on the occasion of the 62nd National Day, which is also the 38th anniversary of his death.
The Vietnamese diplomats and Vice Mayor of Montreuil city Joucla Jean-Jacques then laid flowers at the late President’s monument in the city’s park, 15 km from Paris to the east.
Overseas Vietnamese associations in Lyon, Marseille cities also organised cultural activities to mark the event.
The Vietnamese Embassy in Panama held a celebration with the participation of the Deputy General Secretary of the ruling Democratic Revolutionary Party of Panama, Reynaldo Rivera, who doubles as Minister of Labour and Manpower Development.
Panama’s President Matin Torrijos Espino, Vice President cum Foreign Minister Samuel Lewis Navarro on the occasion extended congratulations to Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet and Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem, respectively.
Also on September 1, the Municipal Council of Parramatta city, Australia, held a ceremony to raise Viet Nam’s national flag.
Addressing the ceremony, Mayor David Boger extolled Viet Nam’s impressive progress in its industrialisation and modernisation endeavour, fine characteristics of the Vietnamese community in Australia and their contributions to the local communities. The Mayor asserted the implementation of cooperation agreements between Parramatta and Viet Nam, particularly its sister city of Vung Tau.
Vietnamese Consul General Vu Hong Nam highlighted the flag raising ceremony of Parramatta city, which has become a regular important event over the past 14 years since 1993.
He also said friendship links between many Australian and Vietnamese localities would soon be formed to further fortify the bilateral relations between Viet Nam and Australia.-