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Letter from Le Duc Anh
By Le Duc Anh
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Hanoi, September 2nd 1995
This year, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is exactly 50 years old. Over the past 50 years, the Vietnamese people have undergone untold trials and hardships and recorded splendid achievements. We have conducted a protracted and hard but also very glorious resistance war of national independence, defense and construction. The just cause of the Vietnamese people has widely enjoyed the ardent spiritual support and material assistance of the forces struggling for peace, national independence, democracy and social progress in the world, among whom you have been one of the typical representatives. This has strongly encouraged and multiplied the strength of our people's struggle.
"Loyalty" and "Remembering the source when drinking water" are the fine traditions and sacred sentiments of the Vietnamese nation. On this occasion, I would like, on behalf of the Vietnamese State and people, to express my sincere gratitude to you and all friends, far and near, for the whole-hearted support and assistance accorded to us during the past years of hard struggle, thus making an active contribution to the victory of the Vietnamese people. We highly appreciate, cherish and everlastingly bear in mind your deep sentiments as well as your dedication in the movement to support and assist the Vietnamese people.
I am strongly confident that, as a close friend of the Vietnamese people, in the years to come you will continue your active contribution to fostering the evermore beautiful and lasting friendship and cooperation between the people of Vietnam and other countries.
I would like to extend to you and your family my compliments, regards and best wishes of health, happiness and success.
Le Duc Anh
President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam