|A ceremony to hoist ASEAN flag was held at the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry in Ha Noi on August 8 to mark the 19th anniversary of the country's accession to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the 47th founding anniversary of the orgnisation (August 8). Photo: A view of the ceremony. — VNA/VNS PhotoThong Nhat
HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised a ceremony at its headquarters in Ha Noi on August 8 to fly the ASEAN flag and the national flag of Viet Nam to mark the bloc's 47th founding anniversary (August 8) and the 19 th anniversary of the country's ASEAN membership (July 28).
Attending the event were senior ministry officials along with Venezuelan Ambassador to Viet Nam Jorge Rondon Uzcategui – acting head of the diplomatic corps in Ha Noi, and representatives of embassies of the ASEAN member countries.
Since its establishment on August 8, 1967, ASEAN has been unceasingly expanding its cooperation and making efforts to build a common community rested on the three pillars of politics – security, economics, and culture – society.
On the day, the bloc's flag will be raised in all ASEAN member states as a way to express their solidarity and determination to build an ASEAN community by 2015.
The ASEAN flag symbolises the m embers' unity and support for the bloc's principles and endeavours. It represents a stable, peaceful, united and dynamic ASEAN.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.—VNA/VNS