Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Doan Xuan Hung (standing) speaks at the exchange programme on October 18 (Photo: VNA)

Berlin (VNA) – The Sea and Island Club set up by Vietnamese people in Germany organised an exchange programme with various activities on October 18 to encourage expatriates’ attentions to the homeland’s seas and islands.

The exchange programme featured a map and photo exhibition on Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, singing and dancing performances, a discussion of initiatives, and raising funds to support soldiers and residents working and living in islands of Vietnam.

The event attracted the participation of Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Doan Xuan Hung and representatives of Vietnamese businesses, Vietnamese people’s association and the association of Vietnamese students in Germany (SIVIDUC).

Hung highly evaluated the establishment of the club, whose activities have helped enhance overseas Vietnamese’ patriotism and popularise information about the country’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos among the local Vietnamese community and German people.

He also asked the club to attract more participation of and contribution by expatriates and businesses to support soldiers and residents in Truong Sa islands.

It should also coordinate with other associations to organise more activities to spread patriotism among the Vietnamese community and give Germans a better understanding of Truong Sa and Hoang Sa, he said.

At the event, SIVIDUC representatives suggested ideas to deal with issues related to water, information and education facing soldiers and residents in Truong Sa.

The Sea and Island Club in Germany was founded in May basing on an initiative of expatriates who had visited Truong Sa since 2014.-VNA