Overseas Vietnamese all over the world are welcoming the New Year with happiness about the country’s political, economic, social, and cultural achievements in 2010.
** Concert held in Russia
To celebrate the success of the 11th National Party Congress and the New Year, the Vietnamese embassy and the Vietnamese Association in Russia held a concert to greet the spring at the Moscow State University (MADI) on January 29.
Addressing the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Bui Dinh Dinh gave a report on Vietnam’s achievements in all fields in 2010.
He highlighted the development of the Vietnam-Russia relationship, marked by important events including official visits to Russia by Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh and State President Nguyen Minh Triet and Russian President Medvedev’s visit to Vietnam, the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Vietnam-Russia diplomatic ties, and the second Russia-ASEAN Summit in Hanoi.
Ambassador Dinh expressed his hope that the Vietnamese community in Russia will continue to join hands to overcome difficulties and develop a community that makes great contributions to their homeland.
Vietnamese living and working in Russia then enjoyed a special performance by Russian teenagers and Vietnamese students studying in schools and universities in Moscow.
** Vietnamese embassy in Malaysia holds Tet celebration
On the same day, the Vietnamese embassy in Malaysia organized a Tet celebration with the participation of the Lao and Myanmar Ambassadors to Malaysia, representatives of Vietnamese offices in Malaysia and Vietnamese students and workers in the country.
Vietnamese Ambassador to Malaysia Hoang Trong Lap talked about the Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements made in 2010.
On behalf of the Party and State, Lap wished the Vietnamese community in Malaysia a New Year filled with happiness and prosperity.
** Vietnamese community in UAE welcomes the New Year
A day earlier, the Vietnamese embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) held a meeting to welcome the New Year, which attracted more than 200 overseas Vietnamese in the country as well as local people and international friends.
Speaking at the meeting, Vietnamese Ambassador to the UAE Nguyen Quang Khai underlined the great efforts made by the Party, State, Government and people to iron out all snags to make significant socio-economic achievements, that helped improve people’s living conditions.
The 11th National Party Congress concluded successfully with a number of important documents being adopted, thereby reflecting the Party’s determination to make Vietnam a modern industrialized country, Khai said.
He also praised the activities of the Vietnamese community in the UAE which show their traditional affection for the homeland and people, especially the support to flood victims in the central provinces.
The Ambassador called on Vietnamese people in the UAE to uphold the national traditions, respect and follow their resident country’s laws, and contribute to the development of Vietnam-UAE relationship.
** Tet atmosphere at the Vietnam-Cambodia border
As Tet is drawing near, border communes and border posts in Gia Lai province are holding activities to celebrate the Tet holiday and strengthen the friendship and solidarity with Cambodian border posts and people.
In the past, the Gia Lai border posts have worked closely with Cambodian border forces to successfully carry out communication work about both countries’ laws and policies, which has contributed significantly to maintaining security and promoting socio-economic development along the border.
* Tet in the Republic of Korea
Overseas Vietnamese in the Republic of Korea and Bangladesh joined other Vietnamese communities worldwide in celebrating the Lunar New Year (Tet), the eve of which falls on February 2 this year.
The Vietnamese Embassy in the RoK held the celebration on January 29 with the announcement of the establishment of the Vietnamese Association in the RoK, in the presence of Overseas Vietnamese (OVs), students and guest workers as well as members of two RoK families of Vietnamese origin, Ly Hoa Son and Ly Tinh Thien.
Vietnamese Ambassador Tran Trong Toan highly spoke of valuable contributions made by the Vietnamese community in the RoK to fruitful national development.
He also recognised their role in promoting relations between Vietnam and the RoK, describing them as a bridge spanning the two nations.
OV representatives, including brides getting married to RoK husbands, expressed their deep love of the fatherland, saying they would never forget their roots.
They also pledged to continue contributing to the national development for a prosperous Vietnam as well as to relations between the two countries.
The celebration warmed up home-sick expatriates with traditional food and art programmes which saw Vietnamese brides and their RoK husbands among the non-professional artists.
Gatherings for the same purpose were held by the Vietnamese Embassies to Bangladesh and Italy and by the Vietnamese General Consulate in Houston, the US.