Rome (VNA) – Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy and Cyprus
Duong Hai Hung praised great contributions of overseas Vietnamese (OVs) in Cyprus
to the homeland during a recent meeting with the Vietnamese community here.
Ambassador Hung emphasised that the Vietnamese community in
Cyprus is an integral part of the Vietnamese nation, and importantly contributes
to the national construction, development and defence.
He applauded the community’s solidarity and positive
contributions over the past time,
especially to citizen protection, charity activities, and COVID-19 prevention; and their efforts to promote the image of Vietnam in Cyprus.
He expressed his hope that Vietnamese expats living, working and
studying in Cyprus will continue to uphold the nation’s culture and tradition, and
make more contributions to the development of the host country and the
homeland, thus contributing to promoting the Vietnam – Cyprus relations.
On the occasion, the diplomat presented
the certificate of merit of the Foreign Ministry’s
State Commission for Overseas
Vietnamese Affairs (SCOV) to the community’s management
board, and that of the embassy to individuals who have made
achievements in citizen protection and charity work in Cyprus.
Addressing the event, Honorary Consul of Vietnam in Cyprus George
Christophides pledged to always accompany the Vietnamese community in all
activities, and coordinate with the embassy to protect the rights and legitimate
interests of Vietnamese labourers in the country.
About 5,000 Vietnamese expats are living, working and studying in Cyprus.
They have implemented numerous activities to affirm Vietnam’s sovereignty over seas and islands, and help promote Vietnamese culture
in the country./.