Viet­namese am­bas­sador presents cre­den­tials to King of Bhutan

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

New Delhi (VNA) – Viet­namese Am­bas­sador to In­dia, Nepal and Bhutan Pham Sanh Chau pre­sented his cre­den­tials to the King of Bhutan, Jigme Kh­e­sar Nam­gyel Wangchuck, in the coun­try’s Thim­phu cap­i­tal city on Jan­uary 4.

At the fol­low­ing meet­ing with the king, Chau said he is de­lighted to as­sume the task of an am­bas­sador to Bhutan – the world’s hap­pi­est coun­try.

He pledged to ex­ert ev­ery ef­fort to pro­mote the two coun­tries’ co­op­er­a­tion in a sub­stan­tive and ef­fec­tive man­ner.

King Wangchuck con­grat­u­lated the diplo­mat on his ap­point­ment as Am­bas­sador of Viet­nam to Bhutan, con­sid­er­ing this an im­por­tant mile­stone since bi­lat­eral diplo­matic ties were set up in 2012.

He spoke highly of the South­east Asian na­tion’s achieve­ments in so­cioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment, poverty elim­i­na­tion, and es­pe­cially up­hold­ing tra­di­tions. He also briefed the am­bas­sador on his coun­try’s ef­forts to pre­serve na­tional iden­ti­ties and tra­di­tional val­ues, along with its de­vel­op­ment suc­cesses since he came to the throne over 12 years ago.

The same day, Am­bassa- dor Chau paid cour­tesy calls to Prime Min­is­ter Ly­onch­hen Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing, For­eign Min­is­ter Tandi Dorji, Di­rec­tor of the Tourism Coun­cil Chim­mey Pem, Au­di­tor Gen­eral Tsh­er­ing Kezang, along with lead­ers of some other min­istries and sec­tors of Bhutan.

At the events, the Bhutanese of­fi­cials ex­pressed their de­light at the progress in bi­lat­eral con­nec­tions since the diplo­matic re­la­tion­ship was founded.

With cul­tural, re­li­gious and de­vel­op­ment sim­i­lar­i­ties, the two sides can ex­change de­vel­op­ment ex­pe­ri­ence and make use of each other’s eco­nomic ad­van­tages, they said.

They also suggested English teach­ers be sent from Bhutan to sup­port high schools in Viet­nam, and the two sides share ex­pe­ri­ence in sus­tain­able tourism de­vel­op­ment and hy­dropower util­i­sa­tion.

For his part, Chau asked Bhutan to sup­port the bi­lat­eral po­lit­i­cal con­sul­ta­tion mech­a­nism at the de­part­ment di­rec­tor level and waive visas for Viet­namese cit­i­zens hold­ing diplo­matic and of­fi­cial pass­ports. He urged more cul­tural and peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes, stronger co­op­er­a­tion in tourism and au­dit­ing, and co­or­di­na­tion at in­ter­na­tion- al and re­gional fo­rums.

The am­bas­sador also called for Bhutan’s sup­port for Viet­nam’s can­di­dacy for a non-per­ma­nent seat in the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil for 2020-2021.

He also took this oc­ca­sion to in­vite Bhutanese lead­ers to at­tend the cel­e­bra­tion of Ve­sak, or the Bud­dha’s birth­day, in Viet­nam this May.

Viet­nam and Bhutan boast sound friend­ship with their lead­ers’ reg­u­lar ex­change of con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sages on the oc­ca­sion of big fes­ti­vals.

Viet­nam mainly ex­ports trac­tors and wood fur­ni­ture to Bhutan. Mean­while, the AA Cor­po­ra­tion of Viet­nam and the AdrukA com­pany of Bhutan have jointly in­vested in a wood fur­ni­ture man­u­fac­tur­ing project in the lat­ter coun­try since 2011.

More than 1,430 Viet­namese tourists vis­ited Bhutan in 2018, ac­cord­ing to the Tourism Coun­cil of Bhutan.

Bhutan is se­lec­tive is es­tab­lish­ing re­la­tions with other coun­tries. So far, it has only set up diplo­matic ties with 53 na­tions.

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