Venezuelan Ambassador Honored for Contribution in Promoting Solidarity and Friendship
On August 25, in Hanoi, Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga - President of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) awarded the medal "For peace and friendship among nations," VUFO's highest award, to Ambassador Tatiana Pugh Moreno.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga highly appreciated Ambassador Tatiana Pugh Moreno's contributions to strengthening Vietnam-Venezuela relations.
Ambassador Tatiana Pugh Moreno started her term in Vietnam in December 2019. In nearly four years in Vietnam, despite many difficulties because most of her term was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, Moreno and the Embassy have been flexible and actively connected many Vietnamese agencies to Venezuela in 2022, attending foreign events and friendship exchanges held by the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations.
|Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga - President of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) awarded the medal "For peace and friendship among nations," VUFO's highest award, to Ambassador Tatiana Pugh Moreno (Photo: Thu Ha).
As a Doctor of Agronomy, with knowledge and experience in agriculture, the Venezuelan Ambassador has made many business trips to the Institute of Agricultural Sciences and affiliated institutes to consolidate the results of the first two phases under the Vietnam Rice Cultivation and Development Cooperation Project in Venezuela and promote further development directions for the important project.
She organized and participated in activities to promote Venezuelan culture in Vietnam and Vietnamese culture in Venezuela. She worked with World Publishing House to translate books about President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap from Vietnamese into Spanish and brought these works and many artifacts from Vietnam to exhibit at the International Book Fair of Venezuela (FILVEN) 2021 to promote the country and people of Vietnam in Venezuela.
|Delegates pose for a group photo (Photo: Thu Ha).
President Nguyen Phuong Nga thanked Ambassador Tatiana Pugh Moreno for her special affection for Vietnam, what she did for Vietnam, and for Vietnam-Venezuela relations.
President Nguyen Phuong Nga believed that in her new position as Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister in charge of Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania, Tatiana Pugh Moreno would continue to make important contributions to further deepen the comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and Venezuela and the friendship and solidarity between the two peoples.
In her acceptance speech, Ambassador Tatiana Pugh Moreno expressed her emotion at the recognition and honor of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations. She said she received the medal with devotion and modesty. This award is not only for her personally but also for the people of Venezuela and her colleagues at the Embassy.
Citing the famous Venezuelan poet Aquiles Nazoa's quote, "Friendship is the greatest invention of mankind", Ambassador Tatiana Pugh Moreno said that the friendship between the two peoples was formed a long time ago and stands firm. Thanks to that friendship, all difficulties can be overcome.
Only until I returned to Vietnam did I realize how much I missed Vietnam. In nearly four years of living and working here, I have felt the spirit and soul of this nation, and at the same time understood the important role of people-to-people diplomacy.
Venezuela and Vietnam have more in common than we think. The two peoples have bravely fought for their independence, freedom, and national sovereignty and are on the journey to building and developing their countries.
Now I am walking on a new path with new responsibilities but I always carry Vietnam in my heart. The Venezuelan Foreign Minister once joked to me: "Remember that there are more places than Vietnam" because I always talk about my experiences and the good memories I have here.
During my time in Vietnam, I went through a difficult period during the two years of Covid-19 and learned many things. I could not have overcome the difficulty without the help of the Embassy staff. I would like to thank the affection and cooperation of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations and the Vietnam - Venezuela Friendship Association. Although we said goodbye, my spirit is still here and I always bring Vietnam with me.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to Vietnam Tatiana Pugh Moreno
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