Vietnam closely follows Afghan situation and stresses indisputable meaning of 1975 victory
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Deputy spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pham Thu Hang was speaking this in reply to reporters' questions regarding complicated developments in Afghanistan at the ministry's regular press briefing held via an online platform on August 19.
“As a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, Vietnam calls on concerned parties not to use force, ensure security, order, essential infrastructure, the lives and properties of Afghanistan people and foreigners, especially women and children, as well as guaranteeing access to humanitarian aid when necessary," the official said.
Earlier on August 15, the Taliban easily took control of Afghanistan’s Kabul capital toppling the US-backed government for nearly two decades.
In the face of the recent complicated developments in Afghanistan, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked the Vietnamese Embassy in Pakistan to keep a close watch on the situation regarding Vietnamese citizens in the central Asian nation to take citizen protection measures in case of need, according to the VOV.
On August 3, the embassy worked to bring a Vietnamese citizen working for the United Nations agency in Afghanistan back home safe and sound.
According to the embassy, as of August 15, no Vietnamese citizens have been reported to stay in Afghanistan.
|US troops deployed to ensure security at Hamid Kazai Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 16. (Photo: AFP/VNA)|
Vietnam has closely followed the situation in Afghanistan and hoped that Afghanistan will soon stabilize for the benefit of its people and for peace and stability in the region, said Deputy Spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pham Thu Hang, said the VNA.
Hang made the statement while responding to reporters' questions regarding complicated developments in Afghanistan at the ministry's regular press briefing held virtually on August 19.
|People crowd the tarmac at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021, attempting to flee Afghanistan. Photo: AFP/VNA|
Vietnam stresses proudly indisputable meaning of 1975 victory, wishes peace for Afghanistan
|Vietnamese people were happy, excited for celebration of the victory day in 1975. Photo: VGP|
The Deputy foreign spokesperson has not given a definite answer on whether or not Vietnam recognizes the Taliban forces, which have captured the capital city of Kabul earlier this week and effectively took control of the country in such a short time after US forces withdrew.
The subsequent chaotic scenes of evacuation and many people attempting to flee the country at Kabul airport have drawn comparison to the final days of the US-backed Saigon regime when it surrendered to the People’s Army of Vietnam in April 1975, marking the end of the 20-year-long war and reunification of the country.
|In responses to the juxtaposition of the two situations which international press have been keen to call history repeating itself, the Vietnamese spokesperson said “with the historic victory in the spring of 1975, the army and people of Vietnam have triumphed in the resistance war through courage and endurance, fully liberating the south of Vietnam, reunifying the country, and opening up a new chapter for the Vietnamese people: a new era of independence, freedom, peace, in which the entire people can partake in the building and development of the nation.”|
Hang said Vietnam’s victory in the righteous war has “brought confidence, elation, admiration from progressives and peace-loving people across the world,” stressing that “the historic meaning of the victory is indisputable.
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