Overseas Vietnamese donate to help with greening Truong Sa

Wednesday, 31/01/2024 16:18
A delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairwoman of the State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang on January 30 visited the Navy High Command in the northern city of Hai Phong ahead of the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.
Green colour on Phan Vinh Island (Photo: VOV)

During the visit, the delegation handed over the Navy High Command with 1.55 billion VND donated by overseas Vietnamese to a program on greening Truong Sa, which was launched by the Vietnam People’s Navy in 2023.

According to Ms. Hang, during 2012 - 2023, the overseas Vietnamese community donated over 28 billion VND for building patrol canoes and some facilities, and presenting essentials and gifts to soldiers and residents on the islands and the DK1 platforms, which are economic, scientific, and technical stations on the country's southern continental shelf.

Besides, overseas Vietnamese have also made practical spiritual contributions to the safeguarding of the Fatherland’s maritime sovereignty over the past many years.

After trips to Truong Sa, they have become the key force in many activities supporting the islands such as establishing the Vietnamese people’s fund for the seas and island sovereignty in the Republic of Korea in 2015, the Truong Sa Club in Germany in 2017, along with the Hoang Sa - Truong Sa Club in Poland in 2019 and another in the Czech Republic in 2022. They have also organized a number of workshops and forums on the East Sea, she noted.

The Deputy Minister Hang thanked leaders of the Navy High Command and relevant units for providing favourable conditions for the State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs to successfully arrange 10 trips for its staff members and overseas Vietnamese representatives to visit soldiers and residents in Truong Sa island district and the DK1 platforms so far.

She expressed her belief that navy officers and soldiers will always fulfill their duties, including firmly safeguarding the maritime sovereignty as well as peace and security at sea.

Speaking at the event, Rear Admiral Do Van Yen, Deputy Political Commissar of the navy force, pledged to continue coordinating closely with the committee to organize more trips to Truong Sa for overseas Vietnamese.

He highly appreciated the material and spiritual assistance of overseas Vietnamese and considered this as a source of encouragement for Truong Sa soldiers and residents to keep defending the country’s sacred territorial waters./.