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Vietnam: ready for constructive talks with US on religious freedom report: Foreign ministry

Updated: 09:26’ - 14/05/2021
Vietnam is ready to have “frank, open, and constructive” talks with the US on the differences regarding freedom of beliefs and religion.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang__Photo: VNA

Le Thi Thu Hang, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, was answering questions regarding the US State Department’s 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices launched late March during the virtual press conference held on Thursday.

Hang said the report has acknowledged some of Vietnam’s efforts in protecting and promoting religious and belief freedoms, but it still offered unobjective assessments based on inaccurate information on the real situation in Vietnam.

“The State always respects and uniformly implements the policy on ensuring people’s rights to freedom of beliefs and religion as well as people’s rights to freedom of non-religion and non-belief, ensures equality and non-discrimination on the basis of one’s religion and belief, and to protect the activities of religious organizations by the laws,” she said.

“All efforts and achievements by Vietnam in ensuring the people’s rights to freedom of belief and religion are widely recognized by the international community.”

Vietnam is always willing to have “frank, open, and constructive” discussions with the US on issues where differences remain between the two countries, in order to foster understanding and contribute to the development of the Vietnam-US Comprehensive Partnership, spokesperson Hang stressed.- (VNS/VLLF)

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