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
He spoke highly of the Southeast
Asian nation’s achievements in socio-economic 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, Ambassador 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
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 international
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.