Vietnamese people presents face masks to Czech's nursing home (Photo: VNA) 

In the letter, he wished the Vietnamese people a new year of happiness and good health, and expressed his thanks for the community's support in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said he treasures the practical activities of the Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic, such as sewing and delivering face masks to local residents and social and medical workers, supporting rescue forces, helping local authorities set up hotline 1212 for the Vietnamese people and giving free interpretation to people in difficulties.

The minister emphasized that the Czech government highly appreciated the Vietnamese community’s solidarity and its efforts to protect people across the nation in this tough time.

Previously, in their speeches, Czech President Miloš Zeman and Prime Minister Andrej Babiš showed their recognition of and sentiment towards the community’s contributions to the host nation, as well as timely support of the Government and people of Vietnam for the Czech Republic.

2020 was a challenging year for the whole world, including the Czech Republic, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From the first days when the pandemic broke out, the Vietnamese community showed their sentiments and social responsibility for their second homeland by voluntary, practical activities to join hands with local authorities and people to prevent the pandemic. This is a vivid illustration of the traditional friendship and solidarity between the two nations.

Although the Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic is facing formidable challenges brought by restriction measures and social distancing due to COVID-19, they have promoted solidarity and joined hands with the Czech people to overcome challenges./.