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Italy extends thanks to Vietnam for COVID-19 support

by VOV11 April 2020 Last updated at 16:00 PM

VTV.vn - Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio has sent a letter addressed to the Vietnamese government and people, thanking them for the tremendous support given to the European country in their fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidem

Here is the full text of the letter:

The response by the Italian Foreign Minister comes after a consignment of 88,000 masks and medical supplies donated by various state agencies, associations, businesses, and individuals throughout the country was dispatched to Italy on April 3.

Italian Ambassador to Vietnam Antonio Alessandro receive gifts from Vietnam. Photo: Thoi  Dai (Age) Newspaper
Italian Ambassador to Vietnam Antonio Alessandro receive gifts from Vietnam. Photo: Thoi Dai (Age) Newspaper

During a hand-over ceremony for the donation, Italian Ambassador Antonio Alessandro stated that the memory of Carlo Urbani, an Italian epidemiologist who worked for the World Health Organization and died fighting the SARS infection in Vietnam back in 2003, lives on in the memory of Vietnamese citizens.

Therefore, the shipment of supplies represents a gift that highlights the country’s solidarity with Italy, a supportive act during this difficult time, in addition to being clear evidence of the friendship between the two nations.

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