COVID-19: Israeli Embassy donates rice to Hanoi hinh anh 1Israeli Ambassador to Vietnam Nadav Eshcar (R) presents rice to a local in Hanoi. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) -
The Embassy of Israel in Vietnam donated one tonne of rice on April 24 to the first “rice ATM” set up in Hanoi’s Cau Giay district to support people affected by COVID-19.

This is the first rice donation from a foreign diplomatic agency in Vietnam to those affected by the pandemic and reflects Israel’s multi-year commitment to helping those in need in Vietnam through formal and voluntary projects.

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Ambassador Nadav Eshcar said providing the rice is an opportunity for Israel to "give something better" to the Vietnamese community.

He thanked Vietnam for helping embassy staff and his family live in a safe environment in Hanoi.

The country’s response to COVID-19, he went on, has been exemplary.

He hailed the prompt response of the Government and the consensus of people nationwide to beat the virus, which saw Vietnam post a lower number of infections than other countries in the region and the world, with no fatalities.

Vietnam should share its experience with the international community, he suggested./.