|Head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs Vu Chien Thang
During the visit, spanning from November 6-8, the delegation worked with representatives from the Russian Presidential Domestic Policy Directorate, the Ministry of Justice and the agency on inter-racial and inter-religious relations.
At the meetings, Thang introduced religious activities in Vietnam, stating that the country is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation with most of the population being followers of a belief or religion.
Religions in Vietnam have seen no conflicts and show solidarity in national construction and development, he said, adding that Vietnam has a consistent policy in which religions are equal and free to hold activities in line with the law.
Religious organisations in Vietnam have expanded external relations and engaged in international religious forums, while contributing to stability and peace in the region and the world.
The Russian side said the religious situations in Vietnam and Russia share many similarities.
The two sides exchanged experience in state management over religious affairs as well as supporting religions to operate in conformity with their principles and objectives, thus contributing to national development.
They agreed to consider delegation exchanges and information and experience sharing between the Vietnam Government Committee on Religious Affairs and Russian agencies.
They pledged to create optimal conditions for religious organisations of both sides to promote exchanges, thus strengthening the traditional ties between the two nations.
Thang proposed that Russia create more favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community in Russia to practice their beliefs in line with local laws.
Vietnam will also ensure the best conditions for Russians in Vietnam to carry out religious activities under the law, he said.
During the visit, the delegation also met representatives of the Vietnamese community in Russia.