Overseas Vietnamese in Thailand Honored for Contributions to Motherland
|Deputy Minister Pham Quang Hieu presents certificates of merit and gifts to Vietnamese associations and expatriates. Photo: VNA
For decades now, Thai people of Vietnamese origin in the Northeast of Thailand have always turned to their homeland, maintaining the good cultural traditions of Vietnam. They have contributed to the two resistance wars of the nation, always respected President Ho Chi Minh, believed in the policies of the Party and State.
They are always willing to participate in domestic charities, such as supporting the poor, victims of Agent Orange/dioxin, victims of natural disasters, soldiers in remote islands and border areas. They are the bridge contributing to fostering stronger relations between Vietnam and Thailand.
Deputy Minister Pham Quang Hieu said: “Currently, there are about 5.3 million Vietnamese people living in over 130 countries around the world. However, the community in Thailand is special.
It can be said that this is a community rich in revolutionary traditions, with solidarity and always towards the homeland. We are always grateful and acknowledge the contributions of people from the most difficult times. From the time when we were still fighting for independence, as well as in the future construction of the country, we received contributions and support from people.
The Party and State always pay special attention to our compatriots abroad, including the Vietnamese community in Thailand; always consider overseas Vietnamese as flesh and blood, an integral part and an important resource of the Vietnamese community.
The Deputy Minister thanked the valuable contribution of overseas Vietnamese in Thailand not only to Vietnam but also to Thailand - their second homeland.
They have donated to support the prevention of the Covid-19 pandemic in Vietnam and Thailand, and the people in the Central region who have encountered floods. The Deputy Minister suggested that people continue to strengthen the spirit of mutual support.
|Deputy Minister Pham Quang Hieu (far left) gives gifts to Vietnamese associations and overseas Vietnamese with meritorious services. Photo: VNA
Deputy Minister Pham Quang Hieu expressed his pleasure to see the strong development of Vietnamese associations in Thailand.
They have well met the needs of the people in preserving the national culture, and teaching and learning Vietnamese. They are also appreciated by the Thai government, and at the same time contribute to tightening the friendship between the two countries.
The Deputy Minister called on overseas Vietnamese to strengthen the cohesion in the community, and raise the status of overseas Vietnamese in the host country.
He hoped they would continue to maintain historical values, encourage children to study Vietnamese, and preserve the cultural identity.
Deputy Minister Pham Quang Hieu presented a certificate of merit to the Thai Business Association.
He presented certificates of merit from the Chairman of the State Committee of Overseas Vietnamese Affairs to the Thai Business Association, the Vietnamese Association of Udon Thani province, and the Thai Vietnamese Association of Nakhon Phanom province.
On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Deputy Minister also presented gifts to overseas Vietnamese with meritorious services to the country.
He also suggested that they continue to be a good example for future generations of overseas Vietnamese to follow, especially the younger generation of overseas Vietnamese who grew up in Thailand.
|Deputy Minister Pham Quang Hieu took photos with overseas Vietnamese at the President Ho Chi Minh Memorial Area in Nakhon Phanom province. Photo: VNA
Visiting Khanh An pagoda and Vietnamese language teaching class at the temple in Udon Thani province, Deputy Minister Pham Quang Hieu appreciated Vietnamese teaching activities in the province.
He thanked the teachers for their efforts in spreading and teaching Vietnamese. The Deputy Minister said that the efforts of the teachers contributed to the homeland and the country.
The Deputy Minister hoped that Vietnamese pagodas would continue to organize cultural activities of the community, strengthening the image of Vietnamese culture, country, and people in the host country.
He also hoped they continued to encourage the younger generation to learn Vietnamese, increase their affection for their homeland, and preserve Vietnamese for future generations.
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