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2/4/2019 10:45:17 PM

VUFO Chairwoman Nguyen Phuong Nga's Lunar New Year greetings

Nguyen Phuong Nga, Chairwoman of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) on behalf of VUFO, has extended best wishes to all Vietnamese people nationwide and in foreign countries, as well as people around the world on the occasion of the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.


Nguyen Phuong Nga, Chairwoman of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations.


Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends,

On behalf of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations, I would like to extend best wishes to readers of Thoi Dai (Vietnam Friendship) newspaper in án outside the country, overseas Vietnamese and international friends around the world as we welcome the 2019 Lunar New Year - the Year of the Pig.

We went through the year of the 2018, a year marked by rapid and profound changes that made the political, security, and economic environment of the region and the world become unstable and uncertain. Overcoming these difficulties, foreign affairs have achieved proud achievements, including an important contribution of the people's foreign relations with VUFO as a core force.

With nearly 70 working trips of delegations and nearly 1,400 visiting delegations from many countries, as well as many exchanges and cooperation activities, especially exciting activities to celebrate major milestones in the relationship between Vietnam with many countries, people-to-people diplomacy has helped deepen the relations between Vietnam and its partners, increasing trust, solidarity and friendship with people of different countries, strengthening and expand the partners’ network, friends of Vietnam in the world.

The active and increasingly active participation of Vietnamese peace and friendship organisations on multilateral forums has contributed to improving Vietnam's international role and position. Foreign non-governmental aid reaches hundreds of millions of dollars, contributing significantly to poverty reduction and socio-economic development of the country.

This is the result of great efforts, perseverance, enthusiasm and creative spirit, determination to overcoming difficulties of personel working in the foreign affairs, numerous friends and partners of VUFO throughout the country and abroad. On this occasion, I would like to express my sincere and deepest thanks to the senior officials and all staff in the system of VUFO at the central and local levels, overseas Vietnamese, as well as international friends for their valuable contributions to the overall success of VUFO in the past time.

The situation in the region and the world in 2019 is forecasted to continue to complicate, unpredictable, and profound and multi-dimensional impact on every country, including Vietnam. Advantages and disadvantages, intertwined opportunities and challenges require us the highest efforts, proactive, flexible, and apply Ho Chi Minh thought on diplomacy in a creative way to effectively implement people-to-people diplomatic activities in the fields of peace, solidarity, friendship and people-to-people co-operation; managed operations of non-government organisations; and external information work.

To accomplish this task, we must build a system that really works effectively and professionally. Our strength is the spirit of solidarity, unanimity, close cooperation, smooth coordination between the units of VUFO, between VUFO and its member organisations; and between VUFO and departments, ministries, branches and localities. With that goal, we will actively prepare and successfully organise the VUFO’s sixth Congress this year.

I believe and hope that, with the special attention of the Party, State, the companionship and support of ministries, departments, localities, international partners and especially enthusiasm and efforts of those working in VUFO’s system, we will establish many new achievements in the Year of the Pig 2019, contributing positively to the construction, sustainable development and national defense of Vietnam.

Welcoming a new spring, I would like to extend my strong affection and best greetings to everyone. I wish you good health, happiness and success. Wishing our people-to-people diplomacy work a great success!

                     Nguyen Phuong Nga

Chairwoman of Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations

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