Ambassador Vu Anh Quang presented Friendship Orders to Mr. Pierre Gréga and the Belgium - Vietnam Association (Photo:

At the ceremony held in Brussels on October 19th, Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium Vu Anh Quang, who was authorized by Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong to present the Order, said that the Friendship Order is the highest honor the State of Vietnam gives to foreign individuals and groups who have made tremendous contributions to promoting friendship between Vietnam and other countries.

He affirmed that over the past 46 years, the Belgium - Vietnam Association has made great contributions to the struggle for peace and unity, as well as national construction and development of Vietnam.

By continuous efforts, the association and Mr. Pierre Gréga have contributed to Vietnam’s development through support for needy people and victims of Agent Orange/dioxin. They have also worked to build mutual trust, understanding, and friendship between Vietnamese and Belgian people.

The ambassador hoped such efforts will continue and promised that the embassy would stand side by side with the association to boost Vietnam -Belgium relations.

On this occasion, he also briefly presented the socio-economic and diplomatic achievements of Vietnam over the past time and progress in the Vietnam - Belgium and Vietnam - European Union relations.

For his part, Mr. Pierre Grega said he was honored to receive the order, adding that it was an acknowledgement from the State of Vietnam of his association’s contributions.

The chairman said the association plans to continue offering scholarships to Vietnamese dioxin victims and to run a campaign calling for the Belgian Government and EU to urge China to respect international law as well as Vietnam’s territorial sovereignty and legal interests in the East Sea./.