Truong Sa Club Ready to be Established in the Netherlands

Expatriates from Vietnam living in the Netherlands are getting ready to form a Truong Sa Club.

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The Vietnamese Ambassador to the Netherlands, Pham Viet Anh, met with and discussed with overseas Vietnamese delegates from the Netherlands on joining a delegation to visit Truong Sa (Spratly) Island District, located in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, and the DK1 platform in 2023. They spoke about the importance of the trip and the opportunities that it could bring. Ambassador Anh encouraged the delegates to think of the journey as a chance to learn more about their homeland and to appreciate the beauty of the region. He further urged them to use the trip as a way of showing their support for the sovereignty of Truong Sa and DK1. He also expressed his hope that the delegates would use the trip to promote cultural exchange and understanding between the Vietnamese people and the people of other nations.

Truong Sa Club Prepared to be Established in Netherlands
At the meeting. Photo: TG&VN

At the Vietnamese Embassy’s headquarters in the Netherlands, Ambassador Pham Viet Anh recently welcomed, exchanged with, and saw off representatives of the Vietnamese community in the Netherlands to join a delegation to visit the local residents, officers, and soldiers of Truong Sa Island District and the DK1 marine platform. At the headquarters of the Vietnamese Embassy in the Netherlands, Ambassador Pham Viet Anh recently met, exchanged and saw off representatives of the Vietnamese community in the Netherlands to join a delegation to visit the local residents, officers and soldiers of Truong Sa island district and the DK1 marine platform.

The tenth edition of the trip, organised by the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs and the Foreign Ministry in conjunction with the Vietnamese Navy, was a great success. The event was designed to bring Vietnamese living abroad closer to their homeland and to foster a sense of connection and belonging. It was a wonderful opportunity for overseas Vietnamese to learn more about their culture and heritage, as well as to experience the beautiful landscape of their homeland.

Nguyen Thi Lan Huong, the president of the Vietnamese Women’s Union in the Netherlands, and Leu Thi Hien, the vice president of the Vietnamese Association in the Netherlands and a member of the Women’s Union Committee, recently traveled to the Netherlands as two delegates.

Ambassador Pham Viet Anh emphasized the importance of the journey, providing an opportunity for people to witness the daily lives of the soldiers and residents on islands in Truong Sa and DK1, and strengthen the unity and attachment of the Vietnamese people abroad with the protectors of Vietnam’s sovereignty who are day and night on duty.

The esteemed diplomat wishes the two delegates good health, a pleasant journey, and many opportunities to engage with the people and soldiers of Truong Sa island district in Khanh Hoa province, as well as other Vietnamese from around the world, so that they can share the beauty of Vietnam’s seas and islands with the overseas Vietnamese communities and establish the Truong Sa Club in the Netherlands.

For her part, Huong stated that she had a conversation with the delegates from the previous visit to plan for the formation of the Truong Sa club. During this visit, she will meet and chat with the Vietnam Women’s Union to acquire more knowledge and debate the direction of the club’s future activities.

On this occasion, the two delegates expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the ambassador’s generous sharing and advice, and, simultaneously, revealed the preliminary total of contributions collected from people in the Netherlands for the benefit of Truong Sa. Furthermore, the two delegates put forth a great deal of effort to prepare practical gifts for the local civilians and the soldiers stationed there.

Truong Sa Club Prepared to be Established in Netherlands
A delegation of more than 40 overseas Vietnamese (OV) from 17 countries around the world have visited people and soldiers in Truong Sa island district, the south central province of Khanh Hoa, and DK1 platform in 2022. Photo: VNA

Many forums and clubs around the world have been established to support Hoang Sa and Truong Sa as well as Vietnam’s seas and islands, including those in Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and the Republic of Korea. Many forums and clubs in support of Hoang Sa – Truong Sa and Vietnam’s seas and islands have been established in Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary or the Republic of Korea.

In Europe, members of clubs and forums come together regularly to provide each other with mutual assistance and support in their daily lives.

In March, a club named “Love Vietnam’s Seas and Islands” was launched in Paris to show support for the “All for Vietnam’s Seas and Islands” movement that is gaining traction across Europe. This is the fifth organization established by people who are passionate about preserving the beauty of Vietnam’s seas and islands.

Hannah Nguyen