HA NOI (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung affirmed the country's consistent policy to respect people's right to religious beliefs and freedom while ensuring all religions observed the law.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (right) receives president of the Viet Nam Episcopal Council Nguyen Van Nhon yesterday in Ha Noi. Dung conveyed his best wishes and greetings to Christian dignitaries and followers in the approach to the Lunar New Year festival. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Giang
The PM made the remarks at a reception in Ha Noi for Nguyen Van Nhon, president of the Viet Nam Episcopal Council (VEC), and other members of the council.
At the meeting, Dung conveyed his best wishes and greetings to Christian dignitaries and followers on the occasion of the approaching Lunar New Year festival.
The leader highlighted the country's 2012 socio-economic achievements, saying that the results were partly attributable to practical contributions from the Catholic community.
He also noted that 2012 had witnesses various religious activities that had contributed to improving the lives of their followers and the nation as a whole.
Dung said he hoped that Catholics would continue to work for the benefit of the country.
Nhon expressed his delight with Viet Nam's accomplishments in 2012, which was a year full of difficulties and challenges.
He thanked the Party and State for the attention they paid to the VEC and the Catholic community, and vowed that he and other dignitaries would continue to encourage followers to serve national socio-economic construction and development. — VNS