Banners and flags decorating the streets of Hà Nội on the occasion of the National Day (September 2). — VNA/VNS Photo Thành Đạt
HÀ NỘI — As Việt Nam celebrates its National Independence Day, leaders from around the world have sent messages of congratulations.
Leaders of Laos, China, Cambodia, Cuba, Russia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Myanmar have sent messages and letters of congratulations to Vietnamese Party and State leaders on the country’s 75th anniversary of its National Day (September 2).
General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee and President Bounnhang Vorachith, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Laos Pany Yathotou sent a message of congratulations to General Secretary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam (CPV) Central Committee and Nguyễn Phú Trọng, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân.
In the message, the Lao leaders warmly congratulated Việt Nam on its great achievements in the process of national construction and protection over the past 75 years, saying these successes are a source of encouragement to Laos.
They expressed their profound gratitude to the fraternal Vietnamese Party, State and people for their huge, valuable and timely assistance to the revolutionary cause of the Lao people.
The Lao leaders affirmed that despite changes in the world and regional situation, the great relationship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Laos and Việt Nam will be always treasured and preserved and perpetually exist together with the two nations, becoming an invaluable common asset, a rule of survival and development and a decisive factor of the revolution in each country.
General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and President Xi Jinping extended a congratulatory message to arty General Secretary and President Trọng, while Premier Li Keqiang and Chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee Li Zhanshu sent messages of congratulations to PM Phúc and NA Chairwoman Ngân, respectively.
The Chinese leaders spoke highly of Việt Nam’s recent achievements and expressed their belief that under the leadership of the CPV, the Vietnamese people will fulfil the targets set by the 12th National Party Congress, towards the 13th National Party Congress.
They affirmed that China attaches great importance to the development of bilateral relations and remains ready to work with Việt Nam to promote the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in a stable, healthy and sustainable manner.
Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and the Central Committee of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) sent letters of congratulations to Party General Secretary and President Trọng, and the CPV Central Committee.
The Cambodian King and CPP highly evaluated the development of the traditional solidarity, friendship and cooperation between the two countries and affirmed the determination to consolidate and strengthen the bilateral relationship with the motto “good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and long-term sustainability.”
First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee Raul Castro Ruz sent a congratulatory message to Party General Secretary and President Trọng, while President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez extended congratulatory messages to the Party General Secretary and President and PM Phúc. Cuban PM Manuel Marrero Cruz also sent a message of congratulations to PM Phúc.
The Cuban leaders said they are proud of the historical solidarity which was nurtured and enhanced during the common struggle for national independence, freedom and development, and expressed their wish to further promote the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two nations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin extended a congratulatory message to arty General Secretary and President TrọngTrọng. PM Mikhail Mishustin sent a message of congratulations to his Vietnamese counterpart Phúc while Chairwoman of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko and Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin extended congratulations to NA Chairwoman Ngân.
The Russian leaders congratulated Việt Nam on its achievements in socio-economic development and its high role and prestige in the international community. They believed that the two countries will work to further deepen the Russia-Việt Nam comprehensive strategic partnership, thus meeting their interests and for prosperous development, stability and security in the Asia-Pacific region.
Malaysian King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah sent a letter of congratulations to General Secretary of the CPV Central Committee and President Trọng, while PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin sent a letter of congratulations to his Vietnamese counterpart Phúc.
The Malaysian leaders said they are delighted at the positive development of the bilateral strategic partnership and affirmed that Việt Nam has become one of the closest economic and strategic partners of Malaysia. They express their wish to closely coordinate with Viet Nam in its capacity as Chair of ASEAN 2020 to promote peace, security and prosperity in the region.
King of Thailand Maha Vajiralongorn sent a congratulatory message to General Secretary of the CPV Central Committee and President Trọng, and PM Prayut Chan-o-cha cabled a message of congratulations to PM Phúc.
The Thai leaders promised to work with Việt Nam to expand cooperation in all spheres, including the settlement of adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a letter of congratulations addressed to PM Phúc, Singaporean PM Lee Hsien Loong reiterated his commitment to support Việt Nam as it successfully takes over the ASEAN Chairmanship 2020. He spoke highly of Việt Nam’s efforts in strengthening ASEAN’s centrality and cohesion, and promoting cooperation within the bloc and with outside partners to cope with and mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lee said he was pleased with the dynamic development of the Singapore-Việt Nam strategic partnership over the recent past and expressed his wish to expand and further deepen the bilateral multifaceted cooperation.
President of Myanmar U Win Myint sent a letter of congratulations to General Secretary of the CPV Central Committee and President Trọng. State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi sent a congratulatory letter to PM Phúc, while Vice Presidents U Myint Swe and Henry Van Thio extended congratulations to Vice President Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh.
The Myanmar leaders hoped that the two nations will enhance trade and investment ties and people-to-people exchange, and both Myanmar and Việt Nam will overcome the medical and socio-economic challenges caused by COVID-19.
They believed that the bilateral comprehensive cooperative partnership will see breakthrough development steps in the coming years.
On this occasion, Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith; Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is Chairman of the Steering Committee for China-Việt Nam Bilateral Cooperation; Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla; Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov; Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishamuddin Hussein; Thai Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai; and Myanmar Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin sent messages and letters of congratulations to Deputy PM and Minister of Foreign Affairs Phạm Bình Minh.
Chairman of the LPRP Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Sunthon Saynhachac also cabled a congratulatory message to Chairman of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Hoàng Bình Quân. — VNS