PM receives China, Gambia officials
Noi — Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem yesterday received China’s
State Administration for Religious Affairs Director Ye Xiaowen who is visiting
for the United Nations Day of Vesak 2008.
Ye praised Viet Nam’s
hosting of the event, saying Buddhism in Viet Nam and China has a time-honoured
history and large numbers of followers.
Both nations have attached
importance to the freedom of belief and religion, and upheld the role and
strength of religion in the current stage of national development, the Chinese
The view was echoed by
Deputy PM Khiem, who said Viet Nam always respected the freedom of beliefs and
religion, as well as the moral values taught by religions, including Buddhism.
Deputy PM Khiem, who
doubles as Minister of Foreign Affairs, reiterated the country’s resolve to
wipe out efforts by hostile forces to make use of religion to undermine national
solidarity and social security.
He suggested the Buddhist
sanghas (community) of Viet Nam and China increase visits to promote bilateral
Also yesterday, Deputy PM
Khiem received in Ha Noi visiting Gambian Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Omar Alieu Touray, who said Gambia hoped Viet Nam would send agricultural
experts to help the country develop rice cultivation to ensure food security for
Touray, who began a
four-day working visit to Viet Nam yesterday, praised Viet Nam’s
socio-economic achievements and external policy of diversification and
The official said the
Gambian Government had applied Viet Nam’s economic renovation model in the
belief it would lead to economic success.
While in Viet Nam, Touray,
who is accompanied by Secretary of State for Trade, Industry and Employment
Abdou Kolley, will hold working sessions with the Ministry of Industry and Trade
and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to discuss future
cooperation. — VNS