Prime Minister of Nepal, K P Sharma Oli. — Photo Reuteurs
HÀ NỘI — The Prime Minister of Nepal, K P Sharma Oli, and his spouse will pay an official visit to Việt Nam and attend the UN Day of Vesak 2019 to be held in the country from May 9 to 13 at the invitation of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.
The Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu, will also pay an official visit to Việt Nam and attend the UN Day of Vesak 2019 at the invitation of Vietnamese Vice President Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh.
Vesak 2019, or the 16th UN Day of Vesak, will be celebrated at the Tam Chúc Buddhism Culture Centre in Kim Bảng District of northern Hà Nam Province from May 12-14.
According to the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, around 500 foreign delegations with about 1,650 members from 112 countries and territories will attend the Vesak 2019 celebration, together with 15,000-20,000 domestic Buddhist followers and people. More than 500 speeches by domestic and foreign scholars will be delivered at the event’s meetings.
The Vesak 2019 celebration is themed “Buddhist Approach to Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Sustainable Societies”. The UN Day of Vesak was first celebrated in 2001.
It will be the third time the UN’s commemoration of Vesak has been held in Việt Nam. Previously, it took place in Hà Nội in 2008 and the northern province of Ninh Bình in 2014. — VNS