An art performance at the event (Photo: VNA)

Addressing the event, HUFO Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong affirmed the historical value of the Vietnam-US relationship that has been tested over the past 25 years.

She reiterated the statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on July 11, saying over the last quarter century, the two countries have built a partnership and friendship founded on shared interests, mutual respect and people-to-people ties.

The highlight of the ceremony was a ballet based on Truyen Kieu (The Tale of Kieu), a Vietnamese masterpiece in the 18th century.

In her remarks, Marie C. Damour, US Consul General to HCM City, said Vietnam and the US have made great strides in healing war wounds, and the bilateral comprehensive partnership has developed fruitfully in various areas, from security to trade, economy, people-to-people diplomacy, health care, environment, education and energy.

The US will continue to consolidate the partnership and hopes for positive cooperation outcomes in the next 25 years, she said./.

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