|The delegation presents gifts to soldiers on Sinh Tồn Đông Island. VNA/VNS Photo Thu Phương|
Forty seven overseas Vietnamese (OVs) from 22 countries joined a delegation on a visit to soldiers and residents on the island district of Trường Sa and DK1 platforms of the homeland.
The trip, ended on April 23, was the 10th of its kind to be held for OVs by the State Committee for OV Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Việt Nam People's Navy.
|Trường Sa archipelago soldiers greet the delegation. VNA/VNS Photo Thu Phương|
|The delegation presents gifts to children on Trường Sa island. VNA/VNS Photo Thu Phương|
From 2012 to 2023, more than 500 OVs have visited the region, he noted, adding that nearly VNĐ1.3 billion (over US$55,000) and essentials were donated by OVs during their trips over the last 11 years, helping reduce difficulties faced by officers, soldiers and people in Trường Sa.
Vũ said the activity contributed to reaffirming Việt Nam's sovereignty over Trường Sa, as well as strengthening the OV communities’ solidarity and connections with the soldiers and people who are safeguarding Việt Nam's sovereignty, strengthening the great national solidarity.
|The delegation put on a performance for the soldiers on the DK1 platforms. VNA/VNS Photo Thu Phương|
During their tour from April 18-23, delegates visited the islands of Sinh Tồn Đông (Sin Cowe East) , Len Đao (Landsdowne), Đá Tây B (West Reef B), Trường Sa, and the DK1/16 platform on Phúc Tần Bank.
They also engaged in many activities, including exploring the daily life of locals in the island district, offering incense to heroic martyrs and President Hồ Chí Minh. VNS