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Vietnam repatriates over 200,000 during pandemic

By Vu Anh   December 14, 2021 | 05:00 am PT
Vietnam repatriates over 200,000 during pandemic
Vietnamese citizens on a repatriation flight from Europe in July, 2020. Photo by Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Vietnam has organized 800 flights to repatriate more than 200,000 citizens since the pandemic broke out, deputy PM Pham Binh Minh revealed.

In an interview about Vietnam's foreign affairs achievements in the period of international integration released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday, the Deputy Prime Minister said in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic's complicated development both outside and inside Vietnam, the nation has implemented effective medical and vaccine diplomacy.

So far, Vietnam has received over 151 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines and a lot of medical equipment as supported by other countries.

"Vietnam has also provided medical and financial supplies to over 50 countries and international organizations, clearly demonstrating the role of a responsible member of the international community," Minh said.

The Deputy Prime Minister affirmed foreign affairs have contributed to consolidating a peaceful environment for Vietnam and allowing it to take advantage of favorable international conditions to thrive.

Vietnam's international position is constantly improving through raising the level of multilateral diplomacy and successfully assuming many important international responsibilities, he said.

Vietnam is currently a member of more than 70 regional and global multilateral organizations and forums.

In addition to sending flights to bring home citizens stranded abroad during the pandemic, in the past five years, Vietnam has supported more than 50,000 citizens, 1,000 ships and nearly 10,000 fishermen.

Foreign affairs also play an important role in protecting the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Vietnam has basically built a land border on the basis of peace, friendship and cooperation with neighboring countries.

At sea, Vietnam resolutely defends its sovereignty, sovereign rights, jurisdiction, and legitimate interests, persists in settling disputes by peaceful means, and respects international law, Minh said.

 
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