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Top diplomat gets French honour

Update: February, 28/2013 - 04:13

Viet Nam's veteran diplomat Ton Nu Thi Ninh was awarded the third-class French Legion of Honour medal on Monday.—File photo

 

HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam's veteran diplomat Ton Nu Thi Ninh was awarded the third-class French Legion of Honour medal, the French Embassy in Ha Noi announced on Monday.

The diplomat has contributed greatly to Viet Nam's development and global integration process while maintaining long-lasting ties with France.

One of the most outstanding Vietnamese students in the French education system, Ninh went on to be a lecturer at the University of Fontenay-aux-Roxes (Paris) in 1964.

As a diplomat, she played a key role in Viet Nam's membership in multilateral organisations, namely the United Nations (UN), Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), French Language Speaking Community and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

She has also been responsible for the country's progress on global issues including international peace and security, development, environment, administration and human rights.

From 2003 to 2007, Ninh worked as Deputy Chairwoman of the Viet Nam National Assembly's Foreign Affairs Committee for North America and Western Europe.

In 1997, Ninh was presented with a second-class medal by the French Language Speaking Countries' Summit.

Initiated by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the French Legion of Honour medal is given to individuals and soldiers that have made extraordinary contributions to France. — VNS

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