The reception for the delegation of Friendship Force Marlborough from New Zealand under Friendship Force International in Hanoi (Photo: vovworld.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam has actively joined in regional and global organisations and affirmed its position in the international arena, said Vice President of the Vietnam-US Society (VUS) Bui The Giang.

Giang made the statement while receiving a 17-member delegation of Friendship Force Marlborough from New Zealand under Friendship Force International (FFI), which is on a fact-finding trip to Vietnam from October 1-16.

The annual exchange programme between the FFI and the VUS has been implemented for 12 years and yielded fruitful results, he noted. 

The programme aims to provide international friends with an insight into Vietnam as well as its people, history, culture, and customs, thus promoting mutual understanding and friendship between Vietnamese people and international friends.

Over the years, the VUS has extended partnership with other FFI branches in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Thailand, Giang said.

He briefed his guests on socio-economic development and achievements Vietnam has recorded during the renewal process.

Giang also shared the country’s difficulties in tackling post-war consequences, such as unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance and Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin victims, as well as efforts of the Vietnamese Government to overcome war consequences and international support.

In reply, Robert Eric Cooper, a member of the delegation, thanked the VUS for creating conditions for the delegation to visit Vietnam and learn about land and people of Vietnam, saying that they learned about the daily life of local people via a homestay programme in Hanoi and Hue city, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.-VNA