NDO – Vietnam and Cambodia issued a Joint Statement on the occasion of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen’s official visit to Vietnam from December 20-21 at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
(Dec 21, 2016)
NDO – 2016 witnessed a series of sparkling milestones marked in the history of Vietnamese sports, including the first-ever Olympic and Paralympic gold medals won by shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh and powerlifter Le Van Cong, respectively.
NDO – The Hanoi walking street model, which was piloted since the beginning of September this year, has created a new space for cultural activities and entertainment for both locals and international visitors to the capital city.
NDO – The United National (UN) Security Council has approved a resolution demanding Israel cease Jewish settlement activity on Palestinian territory in a unanimous vote, which indicates the strong support of the international community for the two-state solution.
NDO – The unstable security situation in Afghanistan is becoming more and more serious in the final days of the year with the Taliban conducting continuous terrorist bombings and causing huge losses in terms of human lives and property. Fifteen years have gone by, but the battle against terrorism and extremism in Afghanistan has yet to report any signs of ending, and is even predicted to become fiercer and more arduous in the years ahead.
NDO – The door for Iran to reintegrate onto the world market has opened widely after nearly one year since the historic nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers took effect. However, it has remained a difficult road for the Islamic country to restore ties with the United States after the US Congress recently passed a law on the extension of sanctions on Iran, regardless of President Obama’s last efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal from being pushed to the brink of collapse.
NDO - Today, the entire Party, army and people are celebrating the 72nd founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) and the 25th anniversary of the All-People’s Defence Day, along with various activities to mark the 70th anniversary of National Resistance Day (December 19) and efforts to successfully implement the Resolution of the 12th Party Congress.
NDO—Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov,was assassinated in front of TV cameras, giving the public a massive shock. Occurring at a sensitive time, when both Russia and Turkey are embarking on an attempt to resolve the conflict in Syria, the incident was intended to hurt the relationship between Russia and Turkey, as well as to throw cold water on all efforts to end the Syrian civil war.
NDO—A resounding victory for the troops of the Syrian government in the strategic city of Aleppo has dramatically transformed the state of affairs of the war in this Middle Eastern country. That the guns have fallen silent in Aleppo does not mean the end of the civil war; however, Assad’s triumph can be seen as a crucial turning point in the conflict in Syria, which has now lasted nearly six years.
NDO – The national legislature of the Republic of Korea (ROK) on December 9 voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye, with Park’s power suspended in favour of the prime minister, Hwang Kyo-ahn. This is a timely step aiming to reduce the increasing pressure in the ROK public relating to the recent “Choi Soon-sil” shock and seeking to promptly stabilise the situation in the country.
NDO—Vietnam is one of the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, so it is essential for the Vietnamese rice industry to help ensure sustainable national food security. In the context of such efforts, the development of varieties of rice tolerant to drought and salt intrusion (from 0.4% to 0.6% or even higher) for crossbreeding with the existing crops in the country is a top priority.
NDO - The 37th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit, held in Manama, capital city of Bahrain on December 6-7, discussed a series of “hot” issues in the region, with a priority to work out a strategy to confront security challenges and boost wider and deeper economic integration.
NDO – Immediately after the international community voiced strong opposition to the Houthi rebel forces in Yemen over their announcement of establishing a new government, UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed flew to the Arabic peninsula nation to meet its internationally-recognised President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.