'Vietnam and Ireland share a path' - President
Published 09/11/2016 | 02:30
President Michael D Higgins has drawn similarities between the Vietnamese and Irish histories and cultural traditions in a state visit to the socialist country.
President Higgins is the first serving Irish President to visit the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, marking 20 years of diplomatic relations.
In his speech at the Vietnam National University in Hanoi, he referred to the challenges of climate change, agriculture, poverty, gender issues and trafficking.
Mr Higgins said that both countries have undertaken an "irrepressible struggle for independence".
"Ireland's national journey and the journey of Vietnam are ones that chime: in your recollections we hear echoes of our own path," Mr Higgins said.
"Yours is a history of so much inflicted suffering by external powers.
"Your history in its fullness belongs to you and the world must learn from its imposed tragedies."