New York (VNA) – Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN (UN), thanked Merle Ratner, a close and longtime friend of Vietnam, and her family for their tireless contributions to the Vietnam–United States relations over the past decades.
The ambassador visited Ratner last weekend, during which he praised Ratner and her husband’s initiatives to help Vietnam improve the effectiveness of people-to-people diplomacy.
Giang expressed hope that the couple will continue to boost exchanges between Vietnam and representatives of left-wing movements in the United States to further enhance mutual understanding between the peoples of the two countries.
Ratner and her husband – Ngo Thanh Nhan, who holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from New York University, happily noted the Ambassador’s feelings for friends of the American Left in New York.
Ratner is a prominent left-wing activist in the United States who participated in movements against the American war in Vietnam when she was 13 years old. She is also the co-founder and coordinator of the US-based Vietnam Agent Orange (AO) relief and accountability campaign (VAORRC).
VAORRC coordinator Nhan also joined anti-American war movements in the 1960s.
He has contributed to the coding and standardization of Vietnamese, Han Chinese and Cham scripts on the computer. He is also vice-president of the Vietnam Foundation for the preservation of the name in the United States./.