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PM meets overseas Vietnamese in Austria

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse had a warm meeting with the Vietnam Embassy’s staff and Vietnamese expatriates in Austria right after arriving in the European country on October 14.

Among hundreds of overseas Vietnamese participating in the event, many travelled from Eastern European nations like Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland to Austria for the meeting.

Reporting to the Government leader on the local expat affairs, Vietnamese Ambassador to Austria Le Dung said the Vietnamese community in Austria number over 4,000, most of who live in Vienna. According to him, most Vietnamese nationals in Austria have stable jobs and obey the host country’s law. The community keep close contact and often organise charity activities to support disadvantaged people in Vietnam.  

Participating expatriates said with delight that they have received frequent assistance from the Vietnamese diplomatic representative agency.

They said they have made efforts to teach Vietnamese and spread Vietnamese culture among their community in order to preserve the national cultural characteristics.

PM Phuc informed the participants on significant progress of their home land recently, underscoring the nation’s open foreign diplomacy and policy of deep integration into the global economy and trade.

Overseas Vietnamese is an integral part of Vietnam, he affirmed.

Phuc urged the expatriates to enhance the teaching of Vietnamese language, particularly among the second generation, as a basis to maintain their roots. He requested the Foreign Ministry and diplomatic representative missions overseas to come up with specific policies to support the work.

He assigned relevant agencies to research and issue more favourable policies on nationality for overseas Vietnamese and facilitate their investment in Vietnam.

Vietnam always welcomes the expatriates’ contribution to the development of their home country, Phuc stated.

On the occasion, the PM presented gifts to the expats and urged them to continue fostering the friendship between Vietnam and their host nations.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc, his spouse and a high-ranking delegation of Vietnam arrived in Vienna in the afternoon of October 14 (local time), beginning an official visit to Austria at the invitation of his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz.

Austria is the first stop of the PM during his trip to Europe, during which he will also pay official visit to Belgium and Denmark, make a working visit to the European Union and attend the 12th ASEM Summit (ASEM 12) and the Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 Summit (P4G).