HCM City (VNA) President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (Photo: VNA)
- President Nguyen Xuan
Phuc has affirmed that the State always respects people’s right to belief and
religious freedom, which is protected by the law.
Receiving religious dignitaries, monks and priests in Hoc Mon district of Ho Chi Minh City on May
10 after a meeting with local voters, President Phuc recognised and lauded the contributions made by religions to the district’s development.
The State leader said he was happy to see that almost all religious dignitaries, monks, priests and followers in Hoc Mon district have united together and joined hands with the local administration and
residents in boosting socio-economic development while abiding by the law.
Most Venerable Thich Minh Thanh, head of the Vietnam
Buddhist Sangha’s Executive Board of Hoc Mon district, spoke highly of the Party and State's achievements as well as the government's successes in the 2016-2021 tenure.
Thanh also expressed delight
at the strong growth of HCM City and Hoc Mon district, pledging that he will
work actively to encourage Buddhist monks, nuns and followers to join the
upcoming general election, contributing to its success.
Priest Nguyen Ngoc Vuong, head of the Hoc Mon Parish,
highlighted the tradition of patriotism among local residents regardless of religion.
He commented that, over the years, the National
Assembly has efficiently worked and met aspirations of voters.
The President highly valued the trust of religious dignitaries, monks and followers in the Party and State, and lauded the local
administration and the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in implementing
Noting that hostile forces often make corrupt use of ethnic and religious issues with the aim of undermining the Party and State, President Phuc called on all Vietnamese, regardless of religion, to maintain solidarity and mutual support, and join hands to build a prosperous country.
He thanked religious dignitaries for their opinions, describing them as
valuable contributions that will help the Party and State perform better in
protecting people’s right to freedom of belief and religion.
The State leader asked the local administration to work harder to
care for the material and spiritual lives of religious practitioners, and expressed his hope that all religions in Hoc Mon district will continue to stay
united and encourage followers to live
a “good life and follow a beautiful
religion” and engage further in
local socio-economic development./.