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Vietnamese expats in Czech Republic, Algeria celebrate Tet festival

Overseas Vietnamese and international friends in the Czech Republic gathered at a get-together hosted by the Vietnamese Embassy on January 30 night to celebrate the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet).

Vietnamese Ambassador to the Czech Republic Ho Minh Tuan briefed the guests of Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements in 2018, and spoke highly the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two nations.

Two-way trade reaching nearly 1.2 billion USD in 2018, almost doubling the amount in the previous year, he said, stressing that both nations are discussing measures to promote tourism and send more Vietnamese labourers to the Czech Republic.

As the two countries are heading towards the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2020, bilateral activities of senior leaders will be increased, thus serving as momentum to elevate the bilateral ties to a new height, the Vietnamese diplomat said.

On the occasion, Tuan expressed his delight at the development of the Vietnamese people community in the Czech Republic, saying that they have integrated deeply into the host society and made significant contributions to their homeland and the relations between the two countries.

The embassy will join hands with the Union of Vietnamese Associations in Europe (UVAE) and the Vietnamese people community in the Czech Republic to organise various programmes to mark the 20th founding anniversary of the Vietnamese People Association in the Czech Republic in 2019, he added.

Hoang Dinh Thang, UVAE Chairman and Honourable Chairman of the Vietnamese People Association in the Czech Republic, said that with the support from the embassy and the UVAE, overseas Vietnamese in the host nation held many activities to promote connections with those in other European countries as well as preserve traditional cultural values.

He hoped that the UVAE would receive further assistance from the embassies in the Czech Republic and other European coutnries to build a strong Vietnamese people community.

The same day, the Vietnamese Embassy in Algeria organise a similar event to welcome Tet. The event drew the participation of foreign guests like Algerian diplomats, representatives of organizations, the press, and embassies of ASEAN member states, China, Cuba, Japan and the Republic of Korea.