Front leader presents gifts to flood victims in Son La

NDO – Leaders of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, People’s Council, People’s Committee and Vietnam Fatherland Front, on August 19, paid tribute to late President Ton Duc Thang at his Museum in District 1, on the occasion of the 129th anniversary of the leader’s birth (August 20-1888-2017). The delegation was led by Politburo member and Secretary of the City’s Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan. The delegates remembered the great contributions made by late President Ton Duc Thang to the nation’s revolutionary cause. Following the incense offering ceremony, the delegates visited the exhibition themed ’15 years in Con Dao prison’ where the late President was detained. Comrade Ton Duc Thang was born in An Giang province on August 20, 1888, to a family with a rich tradition of patriotism. He joined the patriotic struggle when he was very young and soon became one of the pioneers of the working class and national liberation movements, significantly contributing to worker’s movements throughout the world. During his 15 years in Con Dao prison (1930-1945), he became a spiritual leader to the political prisoners at the prison. After the success of the August Revolution in 1945, he was released from the prison and comrade Ton Duc Thang joined hands with the Party, people and army to build a people’s democratic administration in order to complete the cause of national liberation. He was the State President from 1969 to 1980. On the same day, a large number of agencies,…... [read more]

NDO/ VNA – The Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) and the National Council of Solidarity Front for Development of Cambodia (SFDC) held the fifth international conference on building a Vietnam-Cambodia border of peace, friendship, cooperation and development for the 2017-2020 period, in Phnom Penh on August 16. In her opening speech, Vice President of the SFDC National Council Men Sam Ol said that the two fronts should encourage their border localities to establish friendship associations in order to tighten solidarity and friendship across all fields, particularly in safeguarding border security and order. President of the VFF Central Committee Tran Thanh Man hailed the significance of the conference at a time when the two countries are celebrating the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties. He suggested educating people in the two countries, including younger generations, about the tradition of the special solidarity, comprehensive cooperation and friendship between the two nations, as well as urging border residents to support the policy on economic development with a focus on promoting tourism under the theme “Two countries, one destination”. The two fronts need to persuade people in border areas to lend their support to border demarcation efforts as agreed by the two countries’ leaders, he said, adding that he believes the two countries will propel their ties forward despite uncertain developments in the region and the world. The conference reviewed the implementation of the joint communiqué adopted at the fourth conference held in Vietnam in 2014. In their speeches, the…... [read more]

NDO – The tenth National Congress of Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) officially commenced in Hanoi, on August 16, with the participation of 487 delegates from across the country. In attendance were Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc; former Party General Secretary Le Kha Phieu; former President Truong Tan Sang; former President of Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Pham The Duyet; former Politburo member and former Party Central Committee (PCC)'s Secretariat Le Hong Anh; Politburo member, Secretary of the PCC and Head of the PCC’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation Truong Thi Mai; and Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh. Addressing the congress, PM Phuc said that humanity, sharing and compassion are cultural values and traditional ethics upheld by the Vietnamese people. He also emphasised that the Vietnam Red Cross was honourably founded by President Ho Chi Minh, who was its Honourary President for 23 years (from 1946 to 1969). Over the past 70 years, the VRC has closely followed its function and mission to fulfil all of the tasks assigned by the Party and State in the humanitarian cause, significantly contributing to ensuring social welfare and people-to-people diplomacy activities, particularly those with Laos and Cambodia, added the PM. The Government leader also expressed his respect and appreciation for the noble deeds of donors, organisations, enterprises and individuals throughout the country and abroad who have supported the VRC in carrying out their humanitarian activities. PM Phuc noted that Vietnam still faces numerous difficulties and challenges, especially the consequences of war and regular…... [read more]

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (R) receives Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Tran Thanh Man on August 14 (Photo: VNA) Phnom Penh (VNA) – Leaders of Cambodia hailed their country’s relations with Vietnam during separate meetings with Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Tran Thanh Man in Phnom Penh on August 14. President of the Cambodian Senate and Vice President of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) Sai Chhum said amid the 50th founding anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties, Man’s official visit to Cambodia from August 13 to 17 is a great contribution to their good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and long-term sustainability. On behalf of the Cambodian people, he thanked Vietnam for helping his country to re-gain peace and justice in different stages of history during which the cooperation between the Solidarity Front for Development of Cambodian Motherland (SFDCM) and the VFF helped promote the two nations’ unity and mutual support. The connection and active cooperation between the Cambodian and Vietnamese governments and people have helped ensure peace and stability in their respective countries while building peace in the region and the world, he noted. Sai Chhum stressed that the Cambodian Senate and Government always support the completion of the two countries’ border demarcation and border marker planting, 84 percent of which has finished. The completion will leave precious heritages for generations of Vietnamese and Cambodian people. At another meeting, President of the National Assembly of…... [read more]

 Heavy rains and flash floods had claimed 26 lives and left 15 others missing and 27 injured (Source: VNA)   Vientiane (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in Laos and other agencies of Vietnam in the country have raised a fund worth 2,300 USD in support of flood victims in the homeland. Minister-Counsellor of the Vietnamese Embassy in Laos Nguyen Thanh Tung handed over the donation to Tran Thanh Man, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee, in Vientiane, Laos, on August 12. The fund aims to help people in northern mountainous provinces hit by the recent floods promptly overcome consequences of the natural disaster and stabilise their lives, Tung said. VFF President Man said the flooding has caused great human and property losses in the localities. The Vietnamese community in Laos is also implementing a range of activities to assist the flood victims at home. According to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, by August 7, heavy rains and flash floods had claimed 26 lives and left 15 others missing and 27 injured. About 230 houses had been swept away or collapsed while 245 others had been damaged and 340 hectares of rice had been submerged by floodwater. Nearly 400 households had had to leave their homes to safer places. The intense floods had also eroded over 25,000 cubic metres of national highways, 117,706 cubic metres of provincial and district roads; damaged 145 irrigation…... [read more]

President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Tran Thanh Man (Photo: VNA) Vientiane (VNA) – President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Tran Thanh Man had a meeting with Chairwoman of the Lao National Assembly Pany Yathotou on August 11 as part of his working visit to Laos. Man said Laos is the first country he has chosen to visit since taking the top position at the VFF, and vowed to do his best to contribute to the special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the Parties, States and people of Vietnam and Laos as well as to the ties between the two countries’ front organisations. He informed the host about the outstanding development of the ties between the VFF and the Lao Front for National Construction, saying that the two fronts have regularly held exchanges and share working experiences. The two organisations will continue to work closely to successfully implement joint plans for 2017-2020. The VFF leader took the occasion to ask the Lao NA leader to help create more favourable conditions for overseas Vietnamese in Laos to acquire Lao citizenship or long-term residential status, and reduce fees and simplify procedures for them in registering marriage, labour and business, as well as in applying for alien resident status. [Vietnamese, Lao fronts discuss enhancing ties] Man also urged the two countries to enhance transport connectivity, invest in border gate infrastructure and continue to collaborate in the search for…... [read more]

NDO/VNA - President of the Vietnamese Fatherland Front (VFF) Tran Thanh Man held a meeting with Chairwoman of the Lao National Assembly Pany Yathotou on August 11 as part of his working visit to Laos. Man said that Laos is the first country he has chosen to visit since taking the top position at the VFF and vowed to do his upmost to contribute to the special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the Parties, States and people of Vietnam and Laos, as well as to the ties between the two countries’ front organisations. He informed the host of the outstanding development in the ties between the VFF and the Lao Front for National Construction, saying that the two fronts have regularly held exchanges and share working experiences. The two organisations will continue to work closely to successfully implement joint plans for 2017-2020. The VFF leader took the occasion to ask the Lao NA leader to help create more favourable conditions for overseas Vietnamese in Laos to acquire Lao citizenship or long-term residential status, in addition to reducing fees and simplifying the procedures for them in registering marriage, labour and business, as well as in applying for alien resident status. Man also urged the two countries to enhance transport connectivity, invest in border gate infrastructure and continue to collaborate in the search for and repatriation of the remains of Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and experts who died in Laos during wartime. Chairwoman Pany Yathotou said that she supports the VFF President’s proposals,…... [read more]

NDO/VNA - President of the Vietnamese Fatherland Front (VFF) Tran Thanh Man held a meeting with Chairwoman of the Lao National Assembly Pany Yathotou on August 11 as part of his working visit to Laos. Man said that Laos is the first country he has chosen to visit since taking the top position at the VFF and vowed to do his upmost to contribute to the special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the Parties, States and people of Vietnam and Laos, as well as to the ties between the two countries’ front organisations. He informed the host of the outstanding development in the ties between the VFF and the Lao Front for National Construction, saying that the two fronts have regularly held exchanges and share working experiences. The two organisations will continue to work closely to successfully implement joint plans for 2017-2020. The VFF leader took the occasion to ask the Lao NA leader to help create more favourable conditions for overseas Vietnamese in Laos to acquire Lao citizenship or long-term residential status, in addition to reducing fees and simplifying the procedures for them in registering marriage, labour and business, as well as in applying for alien resident status. Man also urged the two countries to enhance transport connectivity, invest in border gate infrastructure and continue to collaborate in the search for and repatriation of the remains of Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and experts who died in Laos during wartime. Chairwoman Pany Yathotou said that she supports the VFF President’s proposals,…... [read more]

NDO - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed his admiration and gratitude to the former Truong Son soldiers for their great sacrifices during the resistance war against the US across the Truong Son - Ho Chi Minh trail. The PM made the remarks at a meeting with a delegation of the Truong Son - Ho Chi Minh Trail Tradition Association led by Major General Vo So, at the Government Office on August 10. The Truong Son - Ho Chi Minh Trail Tradition Association, which is a member of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, was established in 2011 and at present has around 310,000 members. The association members include former soldiers and volunteers who had participated in the logistical system called Truong Son trail, or Ho Chi Minh trail, which provided manpower and materials for the South of Vietnam in the 16 years from 1959-1975. Along this historical route, over 23,000 peopled laid down their lives, with more than 30,000 people injured and tens of thousands of people who were contaminated with Agent Orange/dioxin. The PM affirmed that the Party, State and people always acknowledge and remember the sacrifices and great contributions made by the Truong Son soldiers, which contributed to the national liberation and unification. PM Phuc also praised the association for making considerable contributions to society in the peacetime, including taking care of the families of martyrs, finding the graves and remains of martyrs and building social houses for former soldiers, among others. The PM noted that the Government will…... [read more]

Party General Secretary and President of Laos Bounnhang Volachith (R) receives President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Tran Thanh Man (Photo: VOV) Vientiane (VNA) – Party General Secretary and President of Laos Bounnhang Volachith praised the effective cooperation between the front organisations of Vietnam and Laos, which he said contributes to enhancing the two countries’ traditional friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation. He made the remarks at a reception for President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Tran Thanh Man in Vientiane on August 10. The Lao leader underlined the fact that the working visit to Laos by the VFF President from August 10-13 took place on the occasion of the 55th founding anniversary of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties and 40 years of signing the Treaty on Amity and Cooperation. He said it provides an opportunity to educate young generations about the two nations’ close relations. Man briefed the outcomes of his working session with Chairman of the Lao Front for National Construction Central Committee Saysomphone Phomvihane. He said the two sides agreed to increase coordination to implement their joint plans in 2017-2020. The official proposed that the Lao Party chief and President further support the overseas Vietnamese to be granted Lao citizenship and long-term resident permission. He also asked the Lao side to simplify procedures on marriage, business, labour and application for resident alien status for overseas Vietnamese. The VFF President called on the two countries…... [read more]




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