HA NOI — The Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) should strengthen the link between people diplomacy and State diplomacy, helping create a peaceful and stable environment for national construction, development and defence.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the request while working with the union in Ha Noi yesterday.
Dung said the union's activities had helped international friends understand more about the land and people of Viet Nam.
VUFO president Vu Xuan Hong said the union now had 97 member groups. It had set up a network of international partners, including thousands of organisations and individuals in all continents.
The union had also helped mobilise foreign non-governmental aid. Disbursement of this source of aid had amounted to US$3 billion since 1992, mainly in overcoming war consequences, poverty reduction, health care and emergency aid after natural disasters. — VNS