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Welcome the delegation of peace and anti-war activists

(HUFO) On February 1st, at Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations (HUFO), Mr. Huỳnh Minh Thiên – Standing Vice Chairman of HUFO – warmly welcomed a delegation of 16 peace and anti-war activists to Ho Chi Minh City, led by Mr. Frank Howard Joyce.

 

 

The delegation's visit was to find out the circumstances in Vietnam and current Vietnam-U.S relation, and to meet some Vietnamese peace activists engaged in the process of canvassing, negotiating and signing the Paris Agreement on Vietnam.

Mr. Huỳnh Minh Thiện heartily welcomed the delegation, who were active in peace and anti-war movements and attended a lot of peace activities during the fierce war.

Mr. Huỳnh Minh Thiện expressed his gratitude towards their strong support for the Vietnamese people’s past struggle for national freedom and independence.

Mr. Frank Howard Joyce and the delegates expressed their pleasure when they could come to Vietnam. They also hoped that this trip would help them have a better understanding of the meaning and impacts of the peace movement on the termination of the U.S. war in Vietnam, as well as the need for peace, unity and friendship between Vietnam and America.

The U.S. delegates retold the implementation of the struggle for peace and against the war in Vietnam. After having visited the North Vietnam during the fierce war, the delegates including Mr. Frank Joyce, Mr. Jay Craven, Ms. Nancy Kurshan, Ms. Judith Albert, Ms. Rebecca Wilson, Mr. Alex Hing Water mobilized the American people in a protest against the war and the pursuit of peace in Vietnam. Besides, there were people coming to Paris in order to hold demonstrations to support Vietnam as Mr. Rennie Davis, the adopted son of Madam Nguyen Thi Binh, Former Vice President.

 

 

Along with anti-war activities, they actively participated in advocacy, support, donations and transporting drugs, medical devices to help hospitals like Bach Mai Hospital and other health care facilities in northern Vietnam.

          Through stories and history witnesses in the struggle for independence of former political prisoners Con Dao, the U.S. delegation had the opportunity to learn more about the feats of former prisoners and the difficulties and challenges that Vietnamese people had to face in the aftermath of the war such as landmines, explosives, Agent Orange / Dioxin, etc.

          On the same day at the HCMC People’s Committee, Mr. Le Hoang Quan, Chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee also welcomed the delegation.

          At the meeting, Mr. Le Hoang Quan talked about the development of Ho Chi Minh City and affirmed that the achievements today were the contributions of many friends around the world. Mr. Le Hoang Quan hoped that in the future the peace activists would continue to support Vietnam for  the cause of peace and development.

 

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