New Deputy Foreign Minister

” I was delighted to learn in December 2022 that Le Thi Hang Thu, Deputy Head of the Vietnam Embassy in London at the time of the VUKN’s inauguration in 2013, has been promoted to the rank of Deputy Foreign Minister. She is only the second woman to reach that level in Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she tells me she is in charge of European affairs.  
 
During 2012 Hang was much involved, with Ambassador Vu Quang Minh, Ben Chapman, Paul Smith and me in helping to prepare the concept of the VUKN.  She played an active part in its launch, which took place at the Embassy on 22 January 2013, in the presence of Party Secretary-General (later President) HE Nguyen Phu Trong who was on an official visit to Britain. Hang continued to be a great supporter of the Network until she returned to Hanoi in 2015. Immediately prior to her latest Ministerial appointment, she was the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 
She is to be warmly congratulated, and we hope to see her in the UK in the course of this anniversary year. 
 
Warwick Morris, 
Chairman, VUKN