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July, 22 2014 11:39:00

Vietnam awards Friendship Orders to Belgian diplomats

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh presents the Friendship Order to Steve Stevaert, Minister of State and President of the Belgium-Vietnam Alliance. — VNA Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on July 22 presented Vietnam's Friendship Order to two Belgian diplomats in recognition of their contributions to the friendship between the two countries.

The diplomats are Steve Stevaert, Minister of State and President of the Belgium-Vietnam Alliance (BVA) and former Belgian Ambassador to Vietnam Piet Steel.

The BVA, which was set up in 2011, has coordinated with the Association of Vietnamese in Belgium to hold various activities to boost the cooperation between the two countries, including fund-raising events to support flood and Agent Orange/dioxin victims in Vietnam.

Piet Steel served in Vietnam from 1990 to 1993. During his term, he helped with the establishment of a scholarship fund for Vietnamese students majoring in agriculture. Steel also worked to help Vietnamese graduates get Belgian government scholarships to study in Belgium.

On the occasion, Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium and Luxemburg Pham Sanh Chau also granted certificates of merit to several former Belgian ambassadors to Vietnam.— VNA/VNS


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