Vietnam offers further support to France in combating COVID-19

Thursday, 2020-05-14 10:31:06
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Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Thiep (R) presents the gift from Vietnam’s Yen Bai province to Christian Favier (second from left), president of the Val-de-Marne provincial council. (Photo: NDO)
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NDO – The Vietnamese Embassy in France on May 13 presented 250,000 medical masks, antibacterial cloth masks and medical protective gear to the French province of Val-de-Marne and the France-Vietnam Friendship Association as well as hospitals and other associations in the European country.

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This was the second spell of gifts offered by the Vietnamese side to assist the French people in containing the COVID-19 pandemic, following the handover of 15,000 masks a week ago.

The latest medical supplies were mobilised from the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security, the Vietnam-France Friendship Association, the Hanoi Medical University, Vietnam’s Yen Bai province, the Typic Travel Vietnam Company, as well as some individuals and Vietnamese alumni associations in France.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Thiep shared on the difficulties faced by the French people in the period of “living with coronavirus”, emphasising that in the spirit of solidarity and mutual assistance, the Vietnamese State and people are always willing to join hands to help the people of France soon overcome the disease crisis.

Christian Favier, chairman of the Val-de-Marne provincial council, expressed his gratitude for the valuable support from the State and people of Vietnam, considering this as a strong manifestation of the friendship and solidarity between the two countries.

Representatives of associations and hospitals in France said they felt very touched upon receiving the donations from Vietnamese partners and individuals, stating that the fine and time-honoured sentiments between the two countries’ people have now been further strengthened through the joint efforts against the pandemic.

Gerard Daviot (second from left), President of the France-Vietnam Friendship Association, expresses his gratitude for the valuable support from the Vietnamese people. (Photo: NDO)

Gerard Daviot, President of the France-Vietnam Friendship Association, said that the French people are happy with Vietnam’s rapid results in containing the disease and have been moved by the timely support from Vietnamese friends.

Vietnam’s meaningful gifts to the French people in the current context is vivid evidence of the spirit of sharing as well as the valuable friendship and solidarity between the states and peoples of the two countries, he affirmed.