Prior to assuming charge as Vietnam’s Ambassador to Qatar, Nguyen was the
ambassador of Vietnam to Argentina. He has also served as Vietnam’s ambassador to Paraguay and Uruguay in Latin America. Qatar is his first assignment in the Middle East.
In an interview with Qatar Tribune, the envoy said that he intended to enhance the diplomatic relations between the two countries by bringing more Vietnamese products to Qatar and enhancing people-to-people interaction through cultural exchange between the two countries.
“Vietnam is a stable and peaceful country with growing economy, ecological diversity and beautiful landscapes. The country boasts a coastline of over 3,200km with beautiful beaches as well as unique culture and world cultural heritage sites recognised by UNESCO. Vietnamese people are friendly and hospitable. So, promoting tourism is one of my top priorities. I came to Qatar three months ago and was surprised at the limited number of Qatari tourists travelling to Vietnam. Vietnam is a popular destination for travellers from the US, EU and Asia and we would like to change Qatari residents’ perception of the country,” the envoy said.
As Qatar and Vietnam mark the 25th anniversary of its diplomatic relations this year, Nguyen said they intend to host many tourism promotion activities to celebrate the milestone.
The envoy added that the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Qatar have seen significant progress in various fields with exchange of high-level visits and signing of a number of agreements in areas of politics, economy, investment, labour and education.
According to Nguyen, a delegation from Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security is expected to visit Qatar next month upon invitation from Qatar’s Ministry of Interior. He said that the visit will cover discussions on immigration and Customs, among others.
“With the attention of the leaders of the two countries, the relations between Vietnam and Qatar will be more developed and strengthened in the coming years. Lately, the government of Qatar has officially affirmed the recognition of Vietnam’s market economy status. The Vietnam government highly appreciates the decision made by Qatar. This reflects the multi-faceted cooperation and mutual trust between the two countries. The recognition is a key contributor to deepening bilateral relations between Vietnam and Qatar,” he said.
Commenting on the robust developments happening across Qatar in preparation for hosting FIFA World Cup 2022, he said that the Vietnamese community was keen on making its own contributions in this field.
He also hinted at the role Vietnam can play in Qatar’s efforts towards self-sufficiency and food security.
“Vietnam plays an important role in global food security as it has made progress in food security and increased production for international markets. Therefore, Vietnam is ready to cooperate with Qatar especially in the field of food security. High-tech agriculture is also a development focus for Vietnam in maintaining food security in the future and it is an area where Qatar and Vietnam can work together,” the envoy remarked.