At a reception for outgoing VietnameseAmbassador Nguyen Tat Thanh on June 18, the Supreme Patriarch reviewed the warmwelcome of President Tran Dai Quang and other high-ranking Vietnamese leadersfor a delegation of Thai and Annam-nikai Buddhists during their first-evervisit to Vietnam last March.
He said the VBS plays an important internationalrole, which has been demonstrated through Vietnam’s hosting of the UnitedNations Day of Vesak (Buddha’s Birthday, Enlightenment and Passing Away) in2008 and 2014 and its bid to host the next event in 2019.
The Thai royal family has always paid attentionto the Annam-nikai sect which has greatly contributed to the development ofBuddhism in Thailand, he said, recalling its contributions to the requiem forKing Bhumibol Adulyadej on March 21.
The host also highlighted activities organisedby Vietnamese pagodas in Thailand, which, he said, have helped bring pragmaticties to the public.
For his part, Ambassador Thanh congratulatedSomdet Phra Arayawongsakhatayan on his appointment as the 20th SupremePatriarch of Thailand and his upcoming 90th birthday.
He thanked the support of Thailand’s royalfamily, Buddhist Sangha and Government for Vietnamese pagodas in the hostcountry.
The diplomat noted his hope that the TBS willcontinue to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese Buddhists to learn atBuddhism schools in the country, contributing to enhancing mutual understandingbetween the two countries and tightening relations between their Buddhists.-VNA
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