Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh took on the role of host during a New Year banquet held in Hanoi on January 14, with foreign ministry officials and representatives from foreign embassies in Vietnam taking part in the event.
To mark the opening of the event Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh delivers a speech from the podium.
The occasion has been jointly organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs along with the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee. Here Chairman of the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung is pictured speaking at the event.
A snap of Palestine’s Ambassador to Vietnam Saadi Salama, alongside Nguyen Nguyet Nga and her husband Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh (L-R) at the banquet.
Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Vietnam Anar Imanov (C, in a dark blue blazer) can be seen at the event.
Palestinian Ambassador Salama gives a speech to state his belief that Vietnam will undertake the role of a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020 – 2021 tenure and ASEAN Chair 2020 with great success.
Participants gather to share a toast for the upcoming Lunar New Year.
Chairman of the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung (L) offers delegates a new-year greeting.
Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh chats with a foreign delegate during the banquet.
Deputy PM Binh Minh in an exchange with Azerbaijani Ambassador Imanov
The US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink (C) talks with Chairman of the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung.
The occasion also sees the performance of traditional musical instruments to entertain audiences.
Cuba’s Ambassador to Vietnam Lianys Torres Rivera (R) and her husband enjoy a bowl of delicious Pho, a type of noodle soup.
Israel’s Ambassador to Vietnam Nadav Eshcar (R) has a great passion for Vietnam’s culture and history.
Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Vietnam Yerlan Baizhanov (R) talks with other attendees at the event.
Ambassador Pier Giorgio Aliberti, the Head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam (R), enjoys a drink at the banquet.
The UNESCO Head of Office in Vietnam Michael Croft (third from left) poses for a picture.
Foreign ministry officials come together to snap a group photo, including Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Minh Khoi (fifth from right) and Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Minh Vu (third from right).
The Spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang (R) enjoys the event.