Spanish King’s orders presented to Vietnamese individuals

Spanish Ambassador Pilar Méndez Jiménez congratulated 4 order recipients. (Photo: TDO)

Of which, the Spanish King’s Order of Civil Merit Encomienda was bestowed upon General Director of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and Chairman of the Vietnam – Spain Friendship Association Nguyen Duc Loi.

Expressing his gratitude and happiness at receiving the order, the VNA General Director said the invaluable reward acknowledges his contribution to fortifying and increasing Vietnam – Spain solidarity, friendship and development collaboration.

According to Mr. Loi, since the diplomatic relationship was established in 1977, Vietnam and Spain have both gained great achievements. “This honour is not only for myself but also for those who make the utmost efforts for the bilateral cooperation and friendship,” he added. 

On this occasion, the order was also presented to three other Vietnamese and Spanish citizens, including Nguyen Xuan Son, the embassy’s official Vietnamese interpreter from 1998 – 2003 who has contributed greatly to the popularisation of the Spanish language via numerous classes. 

The others are two Spanish nationals, Diego Cortizas and his wife Laura Fontán, who founded the Chula Fashion brand. Chula Fashion shops established in a number of Vietnamese localities have introduced Spanish culture to locals. According to former Spanish Ambassador to Vietnam María Jesús Figa Lopéz-Palop, they have brought the image of Spain to the Vietnamese public through collections as well as the events they organized. 

Congratulating the four recipients, Spanish Ambassador to Vietnam María del Pilar Méndez Jiménez stated they represent the best things in Vietnam – Spanish relations.

Expressing her thanks to Loi and members of his association in helping the embassy reinforce the bilateral ties, she mentioned the friendship association’s donation of medical equipment to the Spanish people in the fight against COVID-19, saying it encouraged them to overcome the most difficult period for the nation in decades./.


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