The relationship between the Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) and its Singaporean counterpart has become closer in recent years.

This affirmation was made by Doan Van Thai, Vice President and Secretary General of VRC Central Committee, on the sidelines of the 11th South East Asia Red Cross Red Crescent Leadership Meeting held in Singapore on March 24-26.

In an interview granted to the Singapore-based Vietnam News Agency correspondent, Thai said that the Singapore Red Cross was always among those first coming forward with financial and human resource assistance when Vietnam was hit by natural disasters.

He hailed the Singaporean side for enthusiastically participating in Vietnam’s cow bank project, presenting 220 cows to poor households in the country.

The three-day 11th leadership meeting sought to increase the capacity of national Red Cross organisations in humanitarian diplomacy.

Participants discussed contents to be submitted to the Asia-Pacific Red Cross Red Crescent Leadership Meeting slated for October in Beijing.-VNA