Vietnam Thanks Poland for Helping Evacuate Vietnamese Citizens from Ukraine
Vietnam appreciates Poland's support in evacuating nearly 2,000 Vietnamese people from Ukraine and providing them with shelters and necessities, Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son told Chargé d'Affaires of the Polish Embassy in Vietnam Maciej Duszynski during their meeting in Hanoi on March 7, reported VNA.
Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son (R) receives Chargé d'Affaires of the Polish Embassy in Vietnam Maciej Duszynski. Photo: VNA
Son underlined that the assistance, along with Poland's provision of Covid-19 vaccine and medical supplies worth USD 4 million to Vietnam to help push back the pandemic, is an evidence of the sound traditional friendship and close ties between the two nations over the past more than seven decades.
Son said that Vietnam on March 9 will operate the first repatriation flight to bring home nearly 300 Vietnamese citizens and their family members, who have traveled to Poland from Ukraine.
More flights will be launched in the next days, he added.
The FM expressed his hope that the Polish side will continue to provide shelters for nearly 1,000 Vietnamese people who are on the way to the country from Ukraine, while creating favourable conditions for the repatriation flights, including early issuance of permits for the flights and the assistance in processing exit procedures.
He said he wishes Poland will consider allowing Vietnamese people with long-term residency in Ukraine to stay in Poland until they can return to Ukraine.
Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son hands over his letter to his Polish counterpart Zbigniew Rau for Chargé d'Affaires of the Polish Embassy in Vietnam Maciej Duszynski. Photo: baoquocte.vn
Son took the occassion to hand over his letter to his Polish counterpart Zbigniew Rau asking for coordination and support in citizen protection activities for Vietnamese people evacuated to Poland from Ukraine, and inviting him to visit Vietnam to discuss measures to further promote the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
For his part, Maciej Duszynski hailed the Vietnamese Government’s efforts in protecting its citizens, including the prompt arrangement of the first repatriation flight.
He welcomed the presence of officials from the Vietnamese Embassy in Poland in the Poland-Ukraine border to direct citizen protection activities.
Duszynski underscored that the Polish Government is giving favourable conditions for citizens from other countries, including those from Vietnam, to enter Poland from Ukraine.
He also affirmed that his country will help with procedures related to the operation of flights to bring Vietnamese people home from Poland.
Vietnamese Ambassador in Poland Nguyen Hung leads a delegation to welcome Vietnamese people from Ukraine to evacuate to Poland on March 3 morning. Source: Vietnamese Embassy in Poland
Most of the Vietnamese people wishing to move out of three big cities of Ukraine, namely Kyiv, Kharkov, and Odessa, have been evacuated, announced Vietnamese Ambassador to the country Nguyen Hong Thach.
The Vietnamese Embassy in Poland, Romania and Hungary has promptly carried out citizen protection measures for those moving from Ukraine, with the highest priority given to safeguarding the lives, property, and legal and legitimate interests of Vietnamese citizens and legal entities.
It has also asked the foreign ministry, border guard authority, and committee for foreigners of the host countries to facilitate Vietnamese people’s entry, transit, and temporary residency and ensure accommodation and essential supplies for them.