Vietnam-Afghanistan Relations: Ambassador Pham Calls on Ambassador Haidari

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Colombo: - The Ambassador of Vietnam to Sri Lanka and Maldives Pham T. B. Ngoc paid a courtesy on Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari, as the former wraps up her successful tenure in Sri Lanka. They recalled the friendly ties that have historically existed between Afghanistan and Vietnam since September 16, 1974 when the two countries first established diplomatic relations. Four years later, Vietnam opened an Embassy in Kabul in 1978, which operated there until 1992, since when the country has maintained mutually beneficial relations with Afghanistan through its mission to Pakistan.

Afghanistan’s mission to China is accredited to Vietnam and has striven to further develop bilateral relations with Vietnam, with which Afghanistan has signed several major bilateral cooperation agreements and MOUs, encompassing collaboration in trade, telecommunications, air transportation, culture, science and education, consular services, as well as consultation between the two countries’ foreign ministries.

Ambassador Haidari took note of the agreement on diplomatic visa exemption, which the two countries signed in 1987. It should now enable both sides to increase diplomatic interaction, including exchange of high-level delegations on issues of mutual interest, most of which the signed agreements already cover.

“There is no reason why our relations with Vietnam shouldn’t fully be revitalized. Vietnam’s multi-directional foreign policy matches that of Afghanistan’s multi-alignment approach to results-driven, cooperative international relations and partnerships. We are quite inspired by Vietnam’s fast rise and notable progress in all sectors of sustainable development, following the country’s war years. That is why we look forward to learning relevant lessons from Vietnam for application in the post-conflict and post-peace Afghanistan,” Ambassador Haidari told his Vietnamese counterpart.

Ambassador Haidari appreciated Vietnam’s previous participation in international support conferences on Afghanistan, including its financial aid to the country through UNICEF. In the recent months, Vietnam has provided COVID-19 PPE assistance to a number of countries, which Ambassador Haidari welcomed and encouraged to be extended to Afghanistan as well.

Ambassador Haidari bid his Vietnamese counterpart farewell, congratulating her on her numerous achievements in Sri Lanka, including maintaining friendly relations with the Diplomatic Corps. He wished her the best in her future career, following exchange of mementoes.

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