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Sep 06, 2019 / 10:08

Hanoi delegation meets Vietnamese hero in Greece

Vietnamese hero Kostas Sarantidis Nguyen Van Lap warmly welcomed the delegation at his own house, a gesture that moved the whole team to tears.

Hanoi delegation led by Vice Chairwoman of the Hanoi People's Council Phung Thi Hong Ha visited Vietnamese hero Kostas Sarantidis Nguyen Van Lap in Athens city on August 16.
 
Hanoi delegation visits Vietnamese hero Kostas Sarantidis Nguyen Van Lap. Photo: Trung Nguyen
Hanoi delegation visits Vietnamese hero Kostas Sarantidis Nguyen Van Lap. Photo: Trung Nguyen
Kostas Sarantidis Nguyen Van Lap warmly welcomed the delegation at his own house, a gesture that moved the whole team to tears.

They were even more surprised and impressed to find Uncle Lap's house, which is a Vietnamese-style apartment decorated with certificates of merit, photos, souvenirs, books which are all from Vietnam.

Uncle Lap said he returned to Greece from Vietnam in 1965 to take care of his old mother, but he always follows Vietnam’s current situation via internet, Fecebook, among other media.
 
Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People's Council Phung Thi Hong Ha talks with Vietnamese hero Kostas Sarantidis Nguyen Van Lap. Photo: Trung Nguyen
Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People's Council Phung Thi Hong Ha talks with Vietnamese hero Kostas Sarantidis Nguyen Van Lap. Photo: Trung Nguyen
When in good health, he actively participated in charitable activities to support the Vietnamese people. He joined the Greek Communist Party and acted as a liaison between the two governments of Greece and Vietnam with many concrete deeds to nurture the friendship between Vietnam and Greece. "Vietnam is always in my heart," Lap said.

He stressed he is happy when Vietnam’s renovation process has attained many successes and Vietnamese people's living standards have been improved and also concerned about negative phenomena in Vietnamese society. 

All members of Hanoi delegation were moved to witness a Greek who had devoted his youth to the Vietnam’s national liberation. Leaving Vietnam 54 years ago but the hero's love for the country remains intact.