President Vo Van Thuong and his spouse hosted a ceremony in Hanoi on August 31 marking the 78th National Day of Vietnam (September 2,1945 - 2023).
In his speech, the President noted that in August 1945, under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Ho Chi Minh, millions of Vietnamese people rallied as one to carry out the General Uprising, overthrowing the yoke of feudal and colonial reigns and reclaiming leadership for the people.
President Vo Van Thuong and his spouse at the ceremony.
President Thuong also recalled the day of September 2, 1945 when President Ho Chi Minh solemnly read the Declaration of Independence at Ba Dinh Square, proclaiming the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
The leader stressed that upon the launch of Doi Moi, with the goals of “wealthy people, a strong country of democracy, equality and civilisation,” the people of Vietnam once again entered a fierce struggle to eradicate hunger, poverty, and outdatedness, and recorded historic accomplishments. Socio-political stability has been maintained. Defense and security have been firmly safeguarded. Social security has been ensured. People’s living standards have constantly improved.
From a country that has yet to make itself known on the global stage, Vietnam has now established diplomatic ties with 192 countries, he said, adding that it has emerged as one of the most dynamic economies in the Asia - Pacific, and affirmed its role as an important part of numerous economic linkages, free trade agreements, and production chains in the region and the world.
“Vietnam is indeed a country of peace, friendship, cooperation, and development, and a beautiful, safe, friendly, and hospitable destination,” the President affirmed.
He emphasised that an invaluable asset and significant source of strength for Vietnam to overcome all challenges and losses have long stemmed from the people’s patriotism, great national unity, unwavering resolve and bravery, relentless pursuit of self-reliance and resilience, and burning aspiration for independence, freedom, peace, and happiness.
Such noble values are tempered, preserved, and harnessed over the nation’s national construction and protection efforts spanning thousands of years, he continued.
At the same time, the country is making efforts to firmly safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and preserve and build upon the invaluable legacies cultivated by generations of Vietnamese people, President Thuong went on.
Throughout this process, the people have always been placed at the heart of Vietnam’s endeavors, he said, noting they are the actor, the driver, and the consistent goal of all development policies.
President Thuong also cited President Ho Chi Minh’s saying that “Vietnam is a component of the world and anything that happens in the world is truly relevant to Vietnam.”
Following his teachings, over the past years, Vietnam has always conducted a consistent foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralisation of external relations. Vietnam is a friend, a reliable partner, and a responsible member of the international community for peace, stability, cooperation and development worldwide.
Vietnam has successfully assumed numerous positions at multilateral forums, and joined hands in realising the goals of promoting development, protecting human rights, and contributing to the maintenance of global peace. Vietnam’s efforts have earned the recognition and affection from international friends.
The leader pointed to a world of uncertainties and complexities, wherein countries are facing greater risks and challenges, saying global, traditional, and non-traditional security issues continue to evolve in a complicated manner, and threaten stability and sustainable development.
Conflicts and divisions are still occurring in many regions. Geo-political tensions continue to escalate. Multilateralism and international law are confronted with various challenges.
Vietnam stands ready to serve as a bridge to facilitate cooperation and dialogue, reinforce multilateralism, and promote peaceful settlement of disputes based on the UN Charter and international law, he pledged.
Vietnam shall always remain a close and loyal friend, a reliable partner, and a responsible member of the international community, the President continued.