According to Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu, the trip was the 10th of its kind to be held for OVs by the Foreign Ministry's State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (SCOV), and the High Command of the Navy.
The visits from 2012 to 2023 were joined by a total of over 500 OVs, he noted, adding that nearly 1.3 billion VND (over 55,000 USD) and essentials were donated by OVs during their trips over the last 11 years, helping reduce difficulties faced by officers, soldiers and people in Truong Sa.
Delegates present books and gifts to pupils in the district (Photo: VNA)
Vu said the activity has contributed to reaffirming Vietnam's sovereignty over Truong Sa, as well as strengthening the OV communities’ solidarity and connections with the soldiers and people who are safeguarding Vietnam's sovereignty, thus strengthening the great national solidarity.
During their tour from April 18-23, delegates visited the islands of Sinh Ton Dong, Len Dao, Da Tay B, Truong Sa, and the DK1/16 platform on Phuc Tan Bank.
They also engaged in many activities, including exploring the daily life of locals in the island district, offering incense to heroic martyrs and President Ho Chi Minh.
The island district of Truong Sa is part of the central province of Khanh Hoa. Meanwhile, DK1 platforms are offshore economic, scientific, and technical service stations on Vietnam’s southern continental shelf.