Vietnam says US remarks on its religious freedom 'not objective'

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The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report of the US Department of State includes biased remarks about Vietnam, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi told the press Thursday that although the report acknowledges Vietnam's achievements in securing the people's rights to freedom of religion, there nonetheless contain non-objective remarks based on incorrect information.

Vietnam has been implementing many specific policies and measures to ensure that people fully enjoy their right to freedom of religion and belief, he said.

The policies have allowed a varied and vivid religious life to flourish all over the country, according to the spokesman.

He also said Vietnam-US relations had enjoyed positive developments in many areas over recent years.

"Both sides have conducted frank and constructive dialogues on many issues, including the freedom of religion and belief.

"Vietnam always welcomes US congressmen and governmental officials to visit, in order to increase their understanding and have a clear and objective view of the country's situation, including the religious beliefs and practices of the people."

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