Vietnamese community in Russia support Syrian earthquake victims

The Vietnamese community in Russia has donated goods to help the Syrian people overcome the aftermath of the February 6 earthquake.

Minister Counsellor Le Quang Anh of the Vietnamese Embassy on Saturday handed over 85 boxes of fast food and essential items to the Syrian Embassy in Moscow. Syrian Ambassador to Russia Bashar al-Jaafari thanked the good feelings that the Vietnamese people have had for the country and the people of Syria.

On February 12, representatives of the Vietnamese community and Embassy handed over the Syrian Embassy in Moscow goods worth 500,000 rubles (7,000 USD) to help earthquake victims.

Source: VOV5

Countries concerned over North Korea’s ballistic missile launch

The foreign ministers of South Korea, the United States and Japan on Saturday expressed concern after North Korea test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on the same day.

According to the Japanese Foreign Ministry, during a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ongoing Munich Security Conference, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Foreign Minister Park Jin shared the view that North Korea repeatedly testing ballistic missiles poses a serious threat.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell reiterated the EU’s request that North Korea halt ballistic missile tests and move to constructive dialogue with the US and South Korea. He said the EU is willing to support the new diplomatic process.

North Korea confirmed it had test-fired an ICBM on Friday. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the missile test launch was part of an emergency combat readiness drill, which was held suddenly without prior notice at the discretion of the Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party Kim Jong-un on the morning of the same day.

North Korea’s second ballistic missile launch in 2023 took place as South Korea and the United States are staging a joint military exercise. Pyongyang launched a short-range ballistic missile on January 1.

Source: VOV5

Binh Dinh’s Mother Goddess Pagoda Festival recognized as National Intangible Cultural Heritage

The Mother Goddess Pagoda Festival-Urban Sea Port was honored as National Intangible Cultural Heritage at a ceremony on Sunday in Tuy Phuoc district, Binh Dinh province.

This is the fourth national intangible cultural heritage of Binh Dinh to be inscribed, following traditional martial arts, Boi singing, and Bai choi art combining music, poetry, acting, painting and literature.

Lam Hai Giang, Vice Chairman of Binh Dinh Provincial People’s Committee, pledged to preserve local heritage. “Tuy Phuoc district together with the Department of Culture and Sports of Binh Dinh province and the people of Phuoc Quang commune with our great efforts and responsibility will make the Mother Goddess Pagoda Festival-Urban Sea Port to last forever. It will spread in the cultural flow of the nation, realising the goal of constantly improving the people’s cultural and spiritual life,” Giang said.

The festival takes place from February 19 to 21 this year featuring typical rituals of the ancient port area: offering sacrifices to the gods who have blessed seafarers and protected locals. The rituals are followed by folk games, Boi singing, the performance of Bai choi, and traditional martial arts shows.

In 1610, the Sea Port town entered a prosperous period, as the Vietnamese from other regions of the country came to resettle their lives here and built the Mother Goddess Pagoda.

Source: VOV5