United States Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Marie C. Damour visited Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper headquarters on Wednesday to speak with the daily’s leaders about its contributions to Vietnam-U.S. ties.
During her visit, Consul General Damour and Tuoi Tre ‘s Editor-in-Chief Le The Chu discussed their views on the cooperative relations between the two sides, particularly the newspaper’s active coverage during the 25th anniversary of Vietnam-U.S. bilateral relations.
The diplomat also used the visit as an opportunity to recognize Tuoi Tre ’s contributions in strengthening the Vietnam-U.S. relationship, sharing her hope that the relationship will continue to receive support from the newspaper well into the future.
|Editor-in-Chief of Tuoi Tre Le The Chu exchanges souvenirs with U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City Marie C. Damour, April 7, 2021. Photo : T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre|
The two sides also discussed Tuoi Tre ’s plans for its upcoming April 30 (Vietnam’s Reunification Day) special issue, as well as the newspaper’s ‘Making COVID-19 Vaccine Contributions with Tuoi Tre’ program – an initiative which began in February and has so far received more than VND8 billion (US$345,000) in donations from readers.
“I think it’s a wonderful project and I really commend Tuoi Tre for all of its efforts,” Consul General Damour said.
During her visit, she praised the success of Vietnam in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, stressing that the next step for the country is to increase its access to vaccines.
The diplomat also shared that she is looking forward to the release of coronavirus vaccines developed in Vietnam.
Formerly serving as the head of the consular department in Ho Chi Minh City from 2002 to 2004, Consul General Damour said she was surprised by the change of the city after she came back for her new position in 2019.
She said that the city’s breakthrough changes in infrastructure reflect the country’s economic and social development.
“Ho Chi Minh City is closer to the image of an international city compared to 17 or 19 years ago,” she remarked.
Damour also congratulated Vietnam on its chairmanship of the United Nations Security Council, which began on April 1 and illustrates the Southeast Asian country’s increasingly prominent role in the international community.
In response, Chu thanked her for such positive compliments regarding Vietnam and expressed his appreciation for her and the U.S. Consulate General’s contribution to the relationship between Hanoi and Washington.
He also affirmed that Tuoi Tre will continue to dedicate itself to promoting the good relations between the two countries.
|U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Marie C. Damour tours Tuoi Tre ’s headquarters, April 7, 2021. Photo : T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre|
The editor-in-chief also shared his hope that the connection between the newspaper and the U.S. diplomatic missions in Vietnam will continue to strengthen.
The meeting ended with a tour of the Tuoi Tre newsroom and a discussion on the newspaper’s improvements over the years.
According a statement the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City posted on Facebook on Thursday morning, Consul General Damour said she had had “a great time visiting Tuoi Tre newsroom and meeting with Editor-in-Chief Le The Chu to learn about how a newsroom operates.”
“I was amazed at Tuoi Tre newspaper’s fundraising program for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate all Vietnamese citizens.
“No country is safe from COVID-19 until every country is safe, which is why the United States and Vietnam are collaborating closely to end this pandemic!”