Deputy Head of the Steering Committee for the Southwest Region (SCSR) Duong Quoc Xuan, has presented gifts to Khmer people in the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau on their traditional Chol Chnam Thmay New Year holiday.

During his visit to several Khmer Theravada Buddhist pagodas, Xuan briefed followers on the country’s socio-economic situation and State policies to improve local living standards, promote freedom of religion and preserve the unique customs and cultural values of Khmer people.

Speaking to representatives of the Patriotic United Buddhist Association and Khmer people, Xuan hailed their contributions to national development by actively building a better living environment and new-style rural areas, reducing poverty and maintaining social security.

He urged the Buddhist monks to continue strengthening solidarity among local people and encouraging them to work hard and apply advanced technology in production.

Provincial authorities have also visited Khmer pagodas and Salatels to greet local people and mark the special occasion.-VNA