Chairman Milos Kusy of the Czech-Vietnam Friendship Association speaks at the congress (Photo: VNA)

Prague (VNA) - The Czech-Vietnam Friendship Association (CVFA) always supports and stands side by side with Vietnam in the cause of defending sea and island sovereignty, its Chairman Milos Kusy said.

Kusy made the statement at the CVFA’s 22nd congress held in Prague, the Czech Republic, on December 8 to review its past performances and set out new tasks in boosting traditional ties between the two nations.

He highlighted the association’s major operations in the past years, including its efforts to assist Vietnamese expatriates in integrating into the Czech society, and fostering the bilateral friendship, particularly via communications campaigns to raise Czech people’s awareness about Vietnam’s culture and socio-economic achievements.

Kusy said in the CVFA will focus on practical activities to celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Czech Republic and Vietnam (1950-2020).

It will hold more communications campaigns to help Czechs know more about the traditional friendship between the two nations and contributions of Vietnamese expats to the Czech Republic, while aiding overseas Vietnamese students and creating jobs for the Vietnamese community, he added.

Kusy unveiled that a conference will be held to show the association’s support for Vietnam’s cause of protecting its sovereignty over seas and islands.

Speaking at the congress, Chargé d’affaires at the Vietnamese Embassy Tran Thanh Huong stressed that the embassy and Vietnamese expats value effective operations of the CRFA. She vowed to assist its future activities for the enhancement of bilateral ties.

Nguyen Duy Nhien, head of the Vietnamese Association in the Czech Republic, thanked the association’s assistance toward the community, particularly in defending their legitimate rights and interests as well as in mounting charitable activities for the group’s sake.-VNA