“On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend to the people of Vietnam my best wishes as you celebrate your National Day on September 2,” U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said in a press statement posted on the U.S. Department of State’s website on August 30.

Young Vietnamese cheer during a community campaign. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Pompeo visited Vietnam for the second time as secretary of state this year. 

“I have witnessed the remarkable growth of our bilateral partnership,” the top diplomat was quoted as saying in the statement.

The United States and Vietnam work closely in areas of mutual benefit, including trade and investment, education, health care, energy, and defense. 

President Trump’s second visit to Vietnam for the Hanoi Summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in February 2019 reaffirmed Hanoi and Washington’s strong partnership and mutual commitment to peace, security, sovereign independence, and prosperity in the region, the statement said.

“As we look forward to the year ahead, our nations will commemorate the 25th anniversary of our bilateral relationship. 

“As you celebrate today, I offer the United States’ best wishes to the people of Vietnam.”

Vietnam and the U.S. restored diplomatic ties on July 11, 1995 after a 20-year halt.

On September 2, 1945, President Ho Chi Minh read a declaration of independence at Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi, giving birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

The date is chosen as Vietnam’s National Day.