The delegates from ASEAN member countries at the event (Photo: VNA)

The event is a common initiative of the Vietnamese and Singaporean embassies.

The event included sport and cultural and cuisine activities in order to improve the common awareness of ASEAN, affirming the role and contribution of diplomatic missions in promoting cooperation and construction of the ASEAN community.

It also introduced the cultures of ASEAN countries, creating opportunities for ASEAN members to meet, exchange, strengthen mutual understanding and tightening solidarity and friendship, as well as promote the spirit of the community.  

The ASEAN Family Day is organized annually in Vietnam and many countries in the world, but this is the first year it was held in Russia.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh said that the event created opportunity for diplomatic staff and their families to become closer for an identity-imbued, diversified and united ASEAN culture. Through the activity, the ASEAN community in Russia will become stronger and more united. It is more significant as Russia is promoting its relations with ASEAN in particular and Asia in general.

On this occasion, he also invited the delegates and visitors to watch a photo exhibition and documents “Vietnamese land and people - view from the sea and islands” recently held by the Ministry of Information and Communications and the Vietnamese Embassy at the Hanoi-Moscow Trade Centre.   

During the event, apart from sport activities, the participants also enjoyed special dishes prepared by ASEAN member countries.  

Singaporean Ambassador to Russia Lim Kheng Hua highly appreciated the common initiative with Vietnam in organizing the ASEAN Family Day, and she desired that the initiative will become a tradition of ASEAN members in Russia.

As the rotating president of the ASEAN Committee in Russia, Vietnam once again affirmed its contribution in building a peaceful, sustainable, developed, united ASEAN community and toward the people./.

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