Today, 2 September 2015, is the 70th National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Today is a public holiday in Vietnam.

Two days ago, on 31 August 2015, civic leaders in HCMC held a formal reception at the Reunification Palace for foreign missions and business chambers, including AusCham.

Australian Consul General, John McAnulty, was invited to offer a toast to the hosts on behalf of all the foreign missions.

To see photos of the event, click here.

Below, are remarks by Mr Le Hoang Quan at the Reception. Mr Quan is a Member of the Party Central Committee, Vice Secretary of HCMC Party Committee, Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee.