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Palestinian Ambassador believes Vietnam’s elections will be a success

Valerie Mai Valerie Mai

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May 21, 2021 | 14:17

The Palestinian ambassador said Vietnam will have a new legislature that meets the country’s requirements.

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Palestinian Ambassador to Vietnam Saadi Salama. (Photo: VOV)

In a recent interview with the media, Palestinian Ambassador to Vietnam Saadi Salama has expressed a belief that the elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly (NA) and People’s Councils at all levels for the 2021-2025 tenure, scheduled for May 23, will be a success, as pandemic prevention and control work has been implemented drastically and effectively. The ambassador said Vietnam will have a new legislature that meets the country’s requirements.

According to VNA, the Ambassador recalled the first general election in Vietnam in 1981, when he was a student at Song Lo farm in the northern province of Tuyen Quang, saying it resembled a festival, with various cultural activities, and it left an unforgettable impression on his mind.

Vietnam has sent a message to the world, he went on, that the joint efforts of the people and the Government in the fight against the pandemic have been successful.

He said he has closely followed preparations for the elections in localities and seen a lot of information on mainstream media, which encourages citizens to exercise their rights and obligations. Vietnam has an effective communication system that provides a large amount of information on the elections, the diplomat said.

Palestinian Ambassador believes Vietnam’s elections will be a success
Palestinian Ambassador to Vietnam Saadi Salama and VUFO President Nguyen Phuong Nga in a meeting in 2019. (Photo: VUFO)

With the determination of the entire political system and the people, and with thorough preparations, the election will be an important political activity selecting representatives of the people, he said.

He also expressed a hope that voters will choose representatives with passion, patriotism, and a sense of responsibility to contribute to national development, helping the NA play a more active role in building the future.

Born in Hebron province in 1961, Saadi Salama has served as the Palestinian Ambassador to Vietnam since 2009. One of the few foreigners who can speak Vietnamese fluently, Ambassador Salama is considered an expert on Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

He first came to Vietnam in the fall of 1980 and found it a fascinating country. Salama developed a particular interest in Vietnam when he was 12 years old. Admiring Vietnam’s long struggle for national independence, Salama chose to study in Vietnam instead of Romania or Italy with a scholarship granted by the Palestinian Liberation Organization. In 2010, he won a special prize in a writing contest to celebrate 1,000 years of Thang Long - Hanoi, VOV cited.

Ambassador Salama married a Vietnamese woman and has four children who speak Arabic, English, and French fluently. Salama has traveled to every corner of Vietnam to explore the local landscape, culture, and cuisine. Ambassador Salama is the first Arab to translate Vietnamese literature into Arabic and has taken an active role in community activities. Salama said he is doing all he can to boost cooperation between Vietnam and Palestine, which he says still has much room to develop.

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