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Hanoi (VNA) – Issues related to Overseas Vietnamese (OV) are an important part of the regular tasks of Vietnamese representative agencies abroad, said many Vietnamese Ambassadors to foreign countries, who are attending the 30th Diplomatic Conference in Hanoi.

Vu Dang Dung, Ambassador to Poland, said the OV community in Poland is among the biggest communities of Vietnamese in Europe. Therefore, the Vietnamese Embassy in the country has always supported the OV community’s activities in preserving the traditional cultural values.

According to the Ambassador, one of the important tools to keep the traditional culture is the teaching of the Vietnamese language to younger OV generations. The OV community in Poland has set up a Vietnamese language school in Warsaw. The community also hold various cultural exchange activities every year.

Dung said there are a large number of Vietnamese organisations in Poland, but their leaders are mostly in their old age. The question is how to get young people involved in those organisations, which is a task for both the OV community and the embassy, he said.

The view on the importance of OV affairs was shared by Doan Xuan Hung, the Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany, a country with a 170,000-strong Vietnamese community.

Hung said besides assisting the OV community in fostering the Vietnamese cultural identity, the embassy also coordinates with the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism to organise cultural events. Prominent among them were three exhibitions on Vietnam’s archaeological treasures since October 2016, which attracted large numbers of visitors.

In addition, the embassy has held workshops and talks on Vietnam’s situation, especially the struggle to protect national sovereignty at sea. It has arranged annual visits to Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago for representatives of the OV community.

According to the ambassador, the OV community in Germany has set up the Truong Sa Club to spread information on the homeland’s seas and islands.-VNA