Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on May 28 visited Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue, Patriarch of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS)’s Patronage Counci to extend his best wishes on the occasion of the Lord Buddha’s 2559th birthday.

Phuc spoke highly of the contributions made by the VBS to Vietnam’s nation-building and development process, particularly through organising charitable and social welfare activities.

He expressed his hope that the Patriarch and Buddhist dignitaries and followers will continue contributing to society and obeying the law.

On the same day, the Vice President and General Secretary of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Vu Trong Kim, visited the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha headquarters in Hanoi.

He extended his best wishes to all Vietnamese Buddhist monks, nuns and followers at home and abroad.

Most Venerable Thich Thanh Nhieu, permanent Vice Chairman of the VBS, said his organisation cooperated with businesses to build numerous pagodas in border and island areas with a view to offering a place for people in far-flung areas to exercise their religion and belief.

In addition, VBS is striving to improve the operation of its chapters in all 63 provinces and cities, he added.-VNA