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Flag raising ceremony to mark 50th birthday of ASEAN in Hanoi

Updated at Wednesday, 09 Aug 2017, 08:48
The Hanoitimes - The flag raising ceremony on the annual anniversary of ASEAN has become a tradition for all ASEAN member countries, reflecting the respect for the bloc’s common value and commitment to regional people.
A flag raising ceremony was held in Hanoi (Aug 8th) on the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and 22 years of Vietnam’s membership in the association.
The event was attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, Deputy Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep, and Vice Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Van Suu, among others.
Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy FM Bui Thanh Son pressed that the founding of the ASEAN Community in 2015 is a historic milestone in the connectivity process of ASEAN. It also bears special significance to the association, the region and each member nation.
Then, Son also affirmes that as a prestigious organisation in Asia-Pacific, ASEAN operates based on the ASEAN Charter and uniform values and principles. The ASEAN way is built on the foundation of the Eastern culture, attaching importance to solidarity and common prosperity, tolerance and harmonious interests, which helped ASEAN achieve success over the past five decades.
Deputy Minister Son highlighted that ASEAN cooperation is one of the top priorities in Vietnam’s foreign diplomacy, and the country is proud about its active, proactive participation and considerable contributions to the cooperation process and building of the ASEAN Community. During the process, Vietnam has been involved in the drafting of major orientations for the bloc’s development. The country has also put forth many initiatives on maintaining a security and stable environment for cooperation in the region.
The deputy minister expressed his belief in an ASEAN bloc building on past achievements and growing strongly in the future. "In a changeable world situation, ASEAN’s achievements of cooperation in general and of economic-trade development in particular prove that the bloc has made the right choice in its guidelines and policies", Son said.
The ceremonial team come in.
The ceremonial team come in.
They set in place.
They set in place.
The music is brought in.
The music is brought in.
The ASEAN flag is taken to the ceremony stage.
The ASEAN flag is taken to the ceremony stage.
The flag is raised.
The flag is raised.
ASEAN flag flies in the wind.
ASEAN flag flies in the wind.
Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son at the ceremony
Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son at the ceremony

 
Tu Anh - Lan Huong
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