|Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh. — File Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh yesterday said Viet Nam "vehemently protests" Canada's passage of the S-129 Bill or the so-called Journey to Freedom Day Act.
The spokesperson said that S-219 was an absolutely wrong law and had content that distort the Vietnamese people's struggle for national liberation and reunification, which had received support from the international community, including Canada.
"This is a backward step in the relationship between the two countries, adversely affecting the growing ties between Viet Nam and Canada and hurting the feelings of Vietnamese people as well as a great part of the Vietnamese community in Canada," Binh said.
He said that over the past years, both Viet Nam and Canada have been making efforts to strengthen their relationship.
"Viet Nam hopes Canada is aware of the negative impact of the passage of S-219, takes remedial measures and prevents a recurrence of the problem," he said.
Also yesterday, the Foreign Ministry summoned the Canadian Ambassador to express the nation's protest and make clear Viet Nam's stand on the issue. —VNS