PeaceTrees Vietnam has helped central Quang Tri province in bomb and mine removal. (Photo: VNA) 

Hanoi (VNA) – Vice President of the Vietnam-USA Society (VUS) Bui The Giang received a delegation of the US-based organisation PeaceTrees Vietnam led by advisor Robert Stokes in Hanoi on March 29.

Giang welcomed the PeaceTrees Vietnam delegation’s visit to Vietnam from March 17-30 to explore its culture, history, country and people, as well as making field trips to their projects in central Quang Tri province.

He spoke highly of the organisation’s friendship and humanitarian projects to heal the war’s wounds in recent years and its efforts to deepen friendly and cooperative ties between Vietnam and the US.

For his part, Stokes, who served as PeaceTrees Vietnam Executive Director, said his delegation comprises 15 members, including doctors, nurses, civil engineers, advisors and development counselors. Some of them have visited Vietnam for the first time and have a good impression on its beauty and locals’ friendliness and hospitality.

He vowed to continue supporting Vietnam in projects in a number of localities, thus helping to deal with the war consequences and develop the two countries’ relations.

The PeaceTrees Vietnam was the first American non-governmental organisation to begin mine clearance and related humanitarian work in Vietnam after the war.

Founded in 1995, it is dedicated to the healing of communities impacted by the war’s aftermaths and accomplishes this through landmine and other unexploded ordnance removal, mine risk education, survivor assistance and economic development.-VNA