A European Member of Parliament and an Italian senator were not welcome in Vietnam as they intended to conduct activities that go beyond their stated purpose of tourism, a Vietnamese government spokesman said Thursday.
However, in response to a question about reports that MP Marco Pannella and senator Marco Perduca were not able to gain entry into Vietnam, Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Dzung said that was a matter between the MP and the senator, and the tourist agency that served them.
Dung stressed that it was a well-known fact that Pannella and Perduca’s Transnational Radical Party have engaged in many anti -Vietnam activities and supported a number of reactionary overseas Vietnamese in undermining Vietnam’s solidarity and national unity.
“Mr. Pannella and Mr. Perduca had asked to enter Vietnam for tourism purposes, but they intended to conduct activities that go beyond their stated purpose. Therefore, the two officials are not welcome in the country”, Dung said.
Two members of the Italian Transnational Radical Party were unable to come to Vietnam
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS' SPOKESMAN MR.LE DZUNGANSWERS QUESTION ON 25 DECEMBER 2008Question: Why two members of the Italian Transnational Radical Party were unable to come to Vietnam? Answer:It was a bussiness between Mr. Pannella and Mr. Perduca and their travel agency that they were unable to come to Vietnam.Mr. Pannella and the Transnational Radical Party are widely known for having conducted various activities against Vietnam for a long time and supported some overseas Vietnamese reactionary elements undermining Vietnam’s national unity and solidarity. Though Mr. Pannella and Mr. Perduca asked permission to enter Vietnam for tourism, they planned to carry out activities different from their stated purpose. Therefore, they are not welcomed in Vietnam.