Activities were held in Argentina and Angola on May 1 to celebrate the 41st Liberation of the South and National Reunification Day (April 30) of Vietnam.
|Argentine participants at the talk in Buenos Aires pose for a photo (Photo: VNA)|
In Buenos Aires, the Argentina – Vietnam Cultural Institute (ICAV) and the Vietnamese Embassy held a talk at the Sofia cultural centre.
Jose Cruz Campagnoli, a Buenos Aires legislator, recalled that in the 1960s and ‘70s, many Argentine people were engaged in the activities of an organisation named the Help Vietnam Movement (MAViet).
From 1966 to 1976, MAVietnam raised money to buy malaria medication and send it to Vietnam while denouncing the war crime being committed in the Southeast Asian nation.
The legislator also spoke highly of the country’s achievements in post-war reconstruction efforts, especially during the Doi moi (Reform) period since 1986.
ICAV Chairwoman Poldi Sosa Smitch said Vietnam is an example of the enduring combat spirit for independence, freedom, sovereignty and territorial integrity. Solidarity and discipline are among the decisive factors in its victory over the foreign invaders.
At the function, participants also watched documentaries on the consequences of the US-waged war in Vietnam and the country’s changes in recent years.
In Angola’s capital city of Luanda, a commemoration attracted many Vietnamese people, including educators, doctors and entrepreneurs, working in the African nation.
Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Manh Cuong underlined the significance of the April 30 victory, which is a glorious landmark in Vietnam’s history. The lessons from the victory are also valuable to national development nowadays.
Meanwhile, Pham Van Duc, Chairman of the Association of Vietnamese People in Angola, delivered a letter written by Deputy Foreign Minister Vu Hong Nam congratulating the association on being officially recognised and licensed by the local administration.