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10/22/2018 8:11:41 AM

73rd anniversary of Vietnam – America Friendship Association marked in Hanoi

The Vietnam – US Society (VUS) on October 17 hosted the 73rd anniversary of the establishment of the Vietnam – America Friendship Association (VAFA), precursor to the Vietnam – US Society (October 17, 1945 – 2018).

At the get-together to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of VUS.

The gathering was attended by Vice President in-charge cum Secretary General of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) Don Tuan Phong, former Ambassador of Vietnam to the US, President of VUS Nguyen Tam Chien; former President of VUFO Vu Xuan Hong; members of VUS and local Vietnam – US friendship organizations; and partners of VUS.

The establishment of the Vietnam – US Society (VUS) (formerly the Vietnam – America Friendship Association – VAFA) followed President Ho Chi Minh’s Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945. It was the first bilateral people-to-people friendship organization of the State of Vietnam, established under the order of President Ho Chi Minh with a view to promoting people-to-people cultural exchange between the two countries. The advent of VAFA proved Vietnam’s recognition of the importance of normalizing the ties and developing mutual friendship and cooperation.

The Society has worked unceasingly and adaptively despite times of adversity to reinforce the relations, said VUS President Nguyen Tam Chien in his review of the development of VUS.

VUS President Nguyen Tam Chien in his speech.

Since the two countries set up their comprehensive partnership in 2013, VUS has hosted and facilitated visits of 125 delegations with some 1,100 guests. Besides in tourism, cooperation has expanded in various fields of culture, art, economics and education.

The range of activities covers not only post-war Agent Orange/dioxin relief humanitarian aid, development projects of lifestyle, healthcare and environment but also projects of mutual benefits.

More US organizations have offered to support finding Vietnam veterans’ remains and so far found 1,500  sets. Reconciliation has also been actively promoted through various activities, such as the My Lai massacre anniversary and the “Two-side Project”.

Formerly sensitive subjects have also been put forward for open discussion platforms, namely through dialogues on human rights with US organizations, exchange on religions with principal partners (Institute for Global Engagement).

VUS together with local Vietnam – US friendship organizations are working closely in fostering exchange projects especially for young generations of the two countries, Chien noted.

Above efforts all contribute significantly to enhancing the mutual ties and deepening the understanding and friendship between the two countries.

Distinguished guests at the gathering.

Concerning future plans of action, Member of VUS Standing Board Nguyen Van Huynh outlined some potential directions for the Association including organizing research studies and exchange with US people organizations, especially the youth; supporting the connection of Vietnam enterprises with American partners; promoting professional and language training; and expanding VUS membership to US alumni.

The 30,000 Vietnamese students studying in the US are core to the development of VUS in the future, Huynh emphasized.

He also suggested VUS issue a publication of the history, functions, missions and achievements of VUS on the coming 75th anniversary in 2020.

The get-together was further stimulated by sharing and suggestions from participants on VUS various fields, all of whom agree on the importance of educating both young generations of the relations./.

  ( Translated by Hong Anh )
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