The awards ceremony was held in Mukdahan province, Thailand yesterday by the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in coordination with the General Vietnamese Association in Thailand.
The commendation event is the third of its kind, showing the recognition and appreciation of the Vietnamese Party and State for overseas compatriots who have made positive and practical contributions to their homeland and worked to enhance the relationship between Vietnam and Thailand.
On the occasion, several Thai people were also presented with Vietnamese authorities’ certificates of merit for their contributions in strengthening the friendship between the two peoples.
Prachuab Chaiyasan (left), President of the Thai-Vietnamese Friendship Association, and Sorat Phitchuonchom, former Deputy Principal of Nakhon Phanom Rajabhat University, are two Thais to be awarded with the Certificate of Merit by Vietnamese authorities.
Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs cum Head of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, Vu Hong Nam stated that OVs in Thailand are always striving for unity and help each other to stabilise their lives in the host country, while bearing toward the Fatherland. They have been highly praised by local authorities and have contributed greatly to the reputation of Vietnam in the host nation.
Prachuab Chaiyasan, President of the Thai-Vietnamese Friendship Association, expressed his admiration for the solidarity and patriotism of the Vietnamese-Thai community living and working in Thailand, as well as the increasingly developed activities of the Thai-Vietnamese Association, which contributes to strengthening relations between the two countries.
Also on the occasion, a Spring Festival for Vietnamese compatriots in Thailand was held, featuring performances by artists from the Vietnam People's Army Music and Dance Theatre.
Overseas Vietnamese join in with making traditional cakes for the Lunar New Year at Spring Festival held on the sidelines of the event.