Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium Vu Anh Quang (R) at the festival
Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium and Head of the Vietnamese mission to the European Union (EU) Vu Anh Quang led a delegation to attend a solidarity festival (Manifiesta) hosted by the Workers' Party of Belgium (PTB) from September 21-22.
The festival, organised on Bredene beach in Northern Belgium, attracted representatives from 20 communist and left-wing parties from many countries.
The Vietnamese delegation visited booths of the PTB and those from communist parties of Cuba, France, Germany and Portugal to share experience and learn about the development of these countries.
On the occasion, Quang met Vice President of the PTB David Pestieau, during which the host praised Vietnam for its recent economic achievements.
In an interview with a Vietnam News Agency correspondent in Belgium, Quang highlighted the significance of the festival in promoting solidarity among communist parties, the working class and labourers.
It offers a good chance for Vietnam to enhance solidarity with communist parties worldwide, he said, adding that Vietnam intends to open a booth at next year’s festival to introduce Vietnamese food and culture to international friends.
Mario Franssen, director of the Manifiesta festival, applauded the support of the Vietnamese Embassy, expressing his hope to see a Vietnamese booth at next year’s event.
In its 10th edition, Manisfiesta is a festival of solidarity, diversity, unity, and is an important message of Belgium with the country severely divided between the French-speaking region and the Dutch-speaking region.
It featured more than 100 pavilions. Music performances and nearly 200 debates related to women’s rights, environmental protection and racial discrimination were held during the event.
The 11th festival is scheduled to be held from September 19-20, 2020.VNA