Hanoi Party official receives Baha’i community
Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai (centre) poses for a photo with delegates from the Le Dai Hanh Spiritual Council of Baha’i Faith in Hanoi. (Photo: hanoi.gov.vn)
Secretary of the
Hanoi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai has said he hopes the Baha’i religious
community of Hanoi will continue to maintain good relations with local authorities.
Hai made the statement on August 9 during a
reception for a delegation from the Le Dai Hanh Spiritual Council of Baha’i
Faith in Hanoi on the occasion of the 200th birth anniversary of
Baha’u’llah, the founder of the religion.
The Party and State respect freedom of
religion of all people in an effort to build national unity, the secretary said.
He lauded the religious community for
conforming to laws, standing with other religions to live a good life and being
active in social activities, particularly charitable events.
He also urged the Baha’i dignitaries and followers
to promote the country’s traditional cultural values and work with the Fatherland
Front Committee and people to create a peaceful living environment and cope
with social issues.
Lauding the support of the city’s government
in recent years, President of the Le Dai Hanh Spiritual Council of Baha’i Faith
in Hanoi Pham Van Duyen reiterated that the Baha’i community wishes to join
hands to develop a better society and establish harmonious relations with other
The Baha’i Faith was introduced in Vietnam
in 1954 by an Indian female follower. The Baha’i community now has nearly 7,000
followers in 45 cities and provinces nationwide.
It was officially recognised as a religious
organisation in Vietnam in July 2008.-VNA