|Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) receives Under-Secretary for Relations with States Antoine Camilleri in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat
HA NOI (VNS) — Pope Francis and the Vatican have expressed their desire to further enhance bilateral ties with Viet Nam.
Under-Secretary for Relations with States Antoine Camilleri affirmed this at a reception held for him by Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in the capital city yesterday.
Minh highlighted the State and Government of Viet Nam's consistent application of the policy to respect and safeguard people's rights to religion and religious freedom, as well as to support religions, including that of Roman Catholics.
He proposed that the Vatican continue to encourage Viet Nam's Catholic community to follow the State's policies and actively participate in the process of nation-building and national defence.
Camilleri said he was impressed by the religious practices he had observed at the Vietnamese localities he visited. He also expressed gratitude to Vietnamese authorities for their continuing support for the Vietnamese Catholic Church.
The Under-Secretary is attending the fifth meeting of the Viet Nam-Vatican Joint Working Group here on September 10 and 11. — VNS