Foreign Minister calls for Romania’s continued support for Vietnamese evacuating from Ukraine
|Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son (L) held phone talks with his Romanian counterpart Bogdan Aurescu on March 7. (Source: VNA)
The minister stressed that Viet Nam attaches importance to and wishes further to intensify the over-70-year friendship between the two countries.
He highly valued the recent strides in bilateral cooperation and once again thanked Romania, the first EU member to donate 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Viet Nam in July 2021.
He also appreciated the Romanian Government’s humanitarian aid and accommodation and health care arrangement for Vietnamese people and their families moving from Ukraine over the past few days.
The first flight organized by the Vietnamese Government to repatriate about 300 Vietnamese people and their families evacuating from Ukraine in Romania will arrive in Vietnam on March 8, Son noted, asking Romanian authorities to help with procedures for the flight and create favorable conditions for the Vietnamese to return to their homeland.
For his part, Minister Aurescu affirmed that relevant agencies of his country have been working closely with the Vietnamese Embassy and associations in Romania to carry out citizen protection measures for the Vietnamese people and their families from Ukraine and facilitate procedures for repatriation flights.
The two officials also discussed measures for expanding and enhancing their countries’ long-standing friendship, including promoting high-level mutual visits and all-level meetings; maintaining the political consultation and the joint committee for economic, trade, and investment cooperation; cementing ties in traditional fields like education -training, culture, and tourism; and tightening links in potential areas such as labor and agriculture.
On this occasion, Minister Son invited his Romanian counterpart to visit Viet Nam shortly to discuss bilateral and international issues of common concern. Minister Aurescu accepted the invitation with pleasure.
The first flight repatriating those evacuating from Ukraine departed Henri Coandă International Airport in the Romanian capital at 7:35 pm on March 7 (Bucharest time). It will arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Ha Noi at 11:30 am on March 8 (Hanoi time).
The flight, operated by Vietnam Airlines, carried 287 passengers, including 71 children under 12.
The entire staff of the Vietnamese Embassy and many members of Vietnamese associations in Romania had been present at Henri Coandă International Airport early to help the passengers handle boarding procedures.