The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union is hosting a conference of the joint managing council of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) from May 27-31, reflecting the country’s contributions to the world’s democratic, progressive youth movements.

The conference is attended by about 60 delegates from more than 20 countries and 30 organisations.

Addressing the event, First Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee said the Vietnam youth union will continue making effective contributions to WFDY’s activities and will always be a reliable friend, comrade and partner of the federation’s member organisations.

Delegates focused their discussions on the political report, key issues of member organisations and future activities of the federation. They are expected to approve the conference’s political resolution and the federation’s budget.

Also at the event, the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union reported to the participants developments relating to China’s illegal placement of its drilling rig deep inside the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of Vietnam.

It called on the federation and all progressive democratic youth in the world to show support and solidarity with the Vietnamese people in the struggle for safeguarding the national sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as national construction and defence.

Annalucia Vermunt from the New Zealand Socialist Youth Organisation said China’s act caused instability in the region and proposed that the conference issue a statement to condemn China’s act.

On this occasion, the delegations of youth unions from Cuba, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Russia make working visits to Vietnam within the framework of their bilateral cooperation agreements with the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union.-VNA