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The Vietnamese Embassy in Ukraine held a tree planting ceremony at the Embassy's headquarters on the occasion of Uncle Ho's 130th birthday on May 19th.

Moc Lan (Magnolia flower), a flower that symbolizes prosperity and stability was chosen to plant on this occasion.

On this occasion, the embassy also cooperated with the high school No 251, which is named after President Ho Chi Minh to launch an online writing contest to learn about the life and revolutionary career of President Ho Chi Minh and the country and people of Vietnam.

*** The Vietnamese Embassy in Algeria on May 19th held an incense offering ceremony to mark the 130th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh, with the participation of the staff of the embassy and Vietnam’s representative offices.

*** An incense offering for President Ho Chi Minh was held in Vientiane, Laos, on May 19th by the Vietnamese Embassy in Laos and the Laos-Vietnam Friendship Association to mark the Vietnamese leader’s 130th birthday.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Ba Hung highlighted the life, career and great contributions of President Ho Chi Minh as well as the time-honoured traditional relations between Vietnam and Laos, which were founded by President Ho Chi Minh and President Kaysone Phomvihane and have been nurtured by generations of leaders and the people of the two countries.

*** The Vietnamese embassy in Germany on May 19th held an incense offering ceremony to pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh.

*** Earlier on May 18th, the Embassy of Vietnam in Mexico offered flowers at the statue of late President Ho Chi Minh in the embassy’s campus. At the event, Ambassador Nguyen Hoai Duong highlighted the President’s remarkable contributions to the cause of national revolution.

The diplomat called on the Vietnamese community in Mexico to study and follow President Ho Chi Minh’s ideology, morality and style, as well as to actively implement the Vietnamese Party and State’s foreign policies, and contribute to the reinforcement and development of the traditional friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Mexico.

Delegates at an incense offering to President Ho Chi Minh held by the Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia (Photo:

*** A webinar on President Ho Chi Minh, a hero of national liberation and a cultural celebrity, was held in Cairo, Egypt on May 18th, bringing together a number of diplomats and friends of Vietnam from Egypt and other countries.

Former Egyptian Ambassador to Vietnam Reda El Taify showed his respect for Ho Chi Minh in his presentation, saying the President was a symbol of the liberation movements around the globe and one of the world’s most influential leaders in the 20th century.

*** On this occasion, the Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia hosted an incense offering to President Ho Chi Minh. Delegates at the event paid tribute to President Ho, the great leader of the Vietnamese nation, the brilliant soldier of the international communist and worker movements, and a global cultural celebrity.

*** In Thailand’s north-eastern province of Udon Thani, Mr. Hoang Ngoc Son, Vietnamese Consul General in Khon Kaen, joined 100 overseas Vietnamese in offering incense to President Ho Chi Minh at the Ho Chi Minh relic site. The site is the first of its kind in Thailand and was opened in 2006.

Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Vietnamese Association in Udon Thani Luong Xuan Hoa said that after arriving in the province, President Ho Chi Minh established a revolutionary movement and opened classrooms for the Vietnamese community during the 1928-1929 period.

*** Meanwhile, the Vietnamese Consulate General in the Russian city of Vladivostok laid wreaths at the President Ho Chi Minh monument in the city to commemorate his 130th birthday.

*** The Venezuelan Government held a ceremony to mark the 130th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh on May 19th, with the participation of officials of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).

At the event held at the bust of the late President in Caracas, PSUV Vice President Diosdado Cabello highlighted the Vietnamese leader’s contributions to the struggle for national independence, as well as the Vietnamese people’s strong sentiments for him.

Meanwhile, on his Twitter account, Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro spoke highly of the patriotism and steadfastness of the Vietnamese people nurtured by the President Ho Chi Minh, which helped the country emerge victorious from past struggles.

In addition, foreign media have highlighted the morality and intelligence of Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh as well as his invaluable ideas, on the occasion of his 130th birthday.

*** An article, published in the Egyptian Gazette, praised President Ho Chi Minh’s morality and thoughts as well as his contributions to Vietnam’s national liberation and reunification, and liberation movements across the world.

*** In a 2,700-word article published on May 19th, German daily Junge Welt cited studies and assessments of President Ho Chi Minh by international politicians, historians, and researchers.

The article traced the life and career of President Ho Chi Minh, from his departure to seek national salvation until the founding of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 and then the adoption of policies for reconstruction and national development.

A tree-planting event at the Vietnamese embassy in Ukraine to mark President Ho Chi Minh's 130th birthday (Photo:

*** Cuban media agencies also ran congratulations from the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba to its Vietnamese counterpart on the memorable milestone, emphasising the sincere and unbreakable friendship between the two countries.

*** The portal of South American TV channel TeleSur has an article on the President’s important position in global history, saying he is remembered as one of the smartest and most effective leaders in the socialist struggle.

Vietnam’s struggle and its heritage relating to President Ho Chi Minh serve as inspiration for countries that have been occupied or suffer from military violence, it said.

*** Meanwhile, India’s Moderndiplomacy magazine spotlighted his ideas on world peace, saying he always expressed a desire for common interest and loyalty to the nation. President Ho Chi Minh was equally concerned with regard to peace in Asia and the world, it said.

The resonance in President Ho Chi Minh’s ideas was primarily aimed at bringing about global peace through anti-colonialism and reducing the influence of imperialist powers so that development and growth could be ushered in among newly-independent nations, it noted.

In letters the President sent to various leaders, he always strived for global peace and development, it added.

*** The Khaosan Pathet Lao (KPL) news agency of Laos have ran articles highlighting President Ho Chi Minh’s life and revolutionary career, and his close relationship with the Lao revolution, on the occasion of his 130th birthday.

The country’s media also praised the leader for his great contributions to the national liberation movements of oppressed nations worldwide.

In its article, the news agency said President Ho Chi Minh was one of the outstanding activists of the international labour and communist movement to liberate Vietnam from the yoke of old and new colonialism.

*** Meanwhile, Laos’ Pasason newspaper emphasized great contributions of President Ho Chi Minh to the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) during the two countries’ struggles for national liberation, saying that his contributions were particularly appreciated by international friends.

*** The UZ newspaper and the website of Germany also ran articles on the leader on the occasion of his 130th birthday. They recalled his life and glorious revolutionary career.

The German Communist Party’s Central Committee also sent congratulations to its Vietnamese counterpart on the occasion, affirming that President Ho Chi Minh is one of the outstanding politicians of the 20th century.

***A documentary film on President Ho Chi Minh was aired on May 18th on Venezolana de Television (VTV), the state-run television station in Venezuela, to commemorate his 130th birthday.

“Ho Chi Minh – Chan dung mot con nguoi” (Ho Chi Minh: a Portray of a Man) by Vietnamese director Bui Dinh Hac was broadcast as part of the Latin American country’s activities to introduce the life and revolutionary career of the Vietnamese leader and national hero to its people.

The documentary tells stories about Vietnam’s struggle for national independence and portrays President Ho Chi Minh as a simple and devoted man who had great love for his nation and fought for its independence and freedom to the last breath.

*** Meanwhile, Venezuela’s radio station Radio Nacional de Venezuela (RNV) has also aired a special show, featuring journalist Angel Miguel Bastidas who used to work in Vietnam for years, to talk about the late President and Vietnam’s revolutions in the past and national reconstruction and development today./.

Compiled by BTA