The Vietnamese embassy in Doha marked the 78th anniversary of Vietnam's National Day Tuesday in the presence of ambassador Tran Duc Hung, Qatar's Minister of Justice HE Masoud bin Mohamed al-Ameri, Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of Protocol director Ibrahim Fakhro, ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions and other guests.
Ambassador Tran Duc Hung, in his address, stressed the growing excellent and friendly relations between Qatar and Vietnam in different fields with potential for more growth in the near future as the top leadership of the two countries agree on the need to take such relations to further heights for the best of the two peoples.
The Vietnam envoy said: "As a friend and partner of Qatar, Vietnam is pleased to witness comprehensive local and global development of Qatar over the recent years. Qatar is considered an important partner of Vietnam in the Middle East region. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Qatar in 1993, the friendship and cooperation relations between two countries have been nurtured and developed from time to time. Right after lifting Covid-19 restrictions, the two countries have resumed high-level delegation exchanges. Many delegations of different levels from Ministries, provinces and businesses from Vietnam and Qatar are going to visit each other in the coming months to foster ties and seek cooperation opportunities.
"The bilateral trade volume between Qatar and Vietnam has reached around $550mn. Cooperation in the field of energy, labour and investment is becoming a priority in the relationships between the two countries. The Embassy of Vietnam in Qatar is working closely with relevant Ministries and Agencies to soon relaunch Vietnam – Qatar cooperation mechanisms such as Joint Committee on economic, trade and technical cooperation or sub Joint Committee in labor field.
"This year, 2023, Vietnam and Qatar celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Accordingly, many celebratory activities such as art performance, film exhibition, and others will be held in Qatar to mark this special year."
The ambassador thanked Qatar Airways for sponsoring the National Day celebration and helping the Embassy of Vietnam bring some Vietnamese artists and musicians to perform in Qatar for the occasion.
He also expressed his happiness that up to 2023, Vietnam has trade relations with more than 230 markets, engaged in more than 500 bilateral and multilateral agreements in various fields, including 17 free trade agreements. He stressed that Vietnam’s economy grew 8,02% in 2022, marking its fastest annual pace since 1997.
"I am confident that under the insight guidance of the leaders from both countries, the relations between Vietnam and Qatar will continue to develop positively and effectively in the future, contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world," concluded the ambassador.