Gathering held for overseas Vietnamese in France to celebrate April 30 Reunification Day

Saturday, 2019-04-20 16:56:53
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Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Thiep (L) presents a gift to President of the General Union of Overseas Vietnamese in France, Ngo Kim Hung, at the gathering. (Photo: NDO)
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NDO – Overseas Vietnamese (OVs) and guests gathered at a ceremony held by the Vietnamese Embassy in France in Paris on April 19 night (local time) to celebrate the 44th anniversary of the Liberation of the South and National Reunification Day (April 30) and International Workers Day (May 1).

Speaking at the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Thiep said that 44 years after the April 30, 1975 victory, which led to national unification, it is essential to mention the Paris Peace negotiations (from 1968 to 1973) and the great contributions made by a generation of OVs in France in the 1970s. Especially, 50 years ago, in April 1969, the Union of Overseas Vietnamese in France was established, marking a strong development in the OVs movement, along with the Vietnam war protest movement across Europe in those years.

At the gathering, OVs reviewed the glorious moments during the struggle to liberate the nation and the days when they flocked to the Paris streets to protest against the American imperialist invasion, while encouraging international friends to support the legitimate struggle of the Vietnamese people.

Ambassador Thiep said that it was the strong support of leftist parties, especially the French Communist Party (PCF), and the direct contribution of the Union of Overseas Vietnamese in France, that contributed significantly to the victory of the 1973 Paris Peace Accords. It was a very special feature of the union during its process of formation and development, now the General Union of Overseas Vietnamese in France (UGVF), which always accompanies the country. UGVF continues to fulfil its task in connecting the OVs community and preserving and promoting the 100-year tradition of the OVs’ movement in France.

In addition to the success of the previous generations, the younger generation of the OVs community in France also continue to preserve the national traditional culture, maintain the Vietnamese language, and develop practical initiatives to help contribute to the common development of Vietnam.

The diplomat also said that the recent visit to France by National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and her activities here marked a new development not only for Vietnamese and French relations but also of the Vietnamese community in the host country.

Thiep affirmed that the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the UGVF was a top priority of the Vietnamese Embassy in France in 2019. The ambassador also expressed his wish that the Vietnamese community in France would continue to organise more meaningful activities to contribute to the OV community movement, in addition to boosting local socio-economic development in the host country and contributing to building the homeland.