President Trần Đại Quang (R) receives Director of IFRC-Asia Pacific Xavier Castellanos in Hà Nội yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sáng
HÀ NỘI — President Trần Đại Quang has asked the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (IRIC) to continue providing support for member organisations in Southeast Asia, including Việt Nam.
The support is especially necessary in the fields of community-based disaster management, response to emergencies and climate change and Red Cross network development, he said during a reception in Hà Nội on Friday for delegates attending the 14th annual Southeast Asia Red Cross-Red Crescent Leadership Meeting held in the capital city.
Hailing the outcomes of the meeting, the President expressed his belief that the Southeast Asia Red Cross – Red Crescent Movement will continue achieving greater successes, contributing to building a united and strong ASEAN Community.
He hailed the movement for making important strides over the past years, especially in the building of a safe and highly resilient community.
The host wished that Red Cross and Red Crescent societies of regional countries, the IFRC and IRIC would contribute to building the ASEAN Community in the three key pillars of the Political-Security Community, Economic Community and Socio-Cultural Community.
He also took the occasion to thank the delegates for raising funds for victims of storm Doksuri in Việt Nam’s central region.
Director of IFRC-Asia Pacific Xavier Castellanos, for his part, lauded the VRCS for its increasing involvement in humanitarian and charity work.
He affirmed that the IRFC-Asia Pacific always pays attention to developing the role of member countries, including those in Southeast Asia.
The guest committed support to the VRCS and thanked the Vietnamese President for supporting the IFRC, IRIC and relevant societies in Southeast Asia in his capacity as VRCS Honorary President.- VNS