President urges Vietnamese to unite in Italy

President Nguyen Minh Triet said December 12 that he hopes overseas Vietnamese in Italy will remain united and contribute to building the homeland. He was speaking at a meeting with representatives of the Vietnamese community in Milan, Italy.

President Nguyen Minh Triet met representatives of the Vietnamese comunity and Italian friends in Milan, Italy on December 12. (Photo: VNA)

He also hopes Italians will retain positive feelings for Vietnam and continue to strengthen the friendship between the two countries.

The President said he was honored to meet Italian friends who supported Vietnam during war times as well as in building the country now.

Italy was one of the European countries that strongly backed Vietnam in the past, said Mr. Triet. Forty years ago, President Giorgio Napolitano led a vigorous campaign in support of the country, he added.

In 1973, an Italian ship bypassed an embargo to reach northern Hai Phong port and brought highly valuable aid for the Vietnamese, said the President.

Mr. Triet also spoke about Vietnam’s achievements over the past 20 years and its efforts to overcome the global economic recession.

The country’s accomplishments included the success of the Party and friendly relations with the international community, Mr. Triet said.

On December 13, President Triet and his entourage left Milan for Spain following an invitation from Spanish King Juan Carlos. It will mark the second leg of the President’s European tour from December 9-18.

Source: VNA, translated by Thu Minh

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