The new Vietnamese Ambassador to India presents his credentials



Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau, the newly appointed Ambassador of Vietnam to India organized a lavish reception at the Embassy of Vietnam in New Delhi after presenting his credentials to the Hon’ble President of India. Several Indian dignitaries and prominent businessmen were present in the credential ceremony that was held in the evening. A 3-member TPCI delegation led by Suresh Kumar Makhijani, Jt. Director General at TPCI welcomed the Hon’ble Ambassador on his formal appointment. He also presented the warmest greetings on behalf of the TPCI Chairman Mohit Singla. The TPCI delegation was accompanied by Aziz Haider (Director) and Sagar Bansal (Consultant).

Speaking on the occasion, the Hon’ble Ambassador of Vietnam said he was proud of the fact that his country Vietnam has a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Vietnam and said he was committed to a stronger relationship with India.

Born in Myanmar in 1961 and brought up in the Middle East, Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau spent much of his career as a diplomat in Europe. Other than being a diplomat, he is an educator with diverse international experience in multilateral affairs, cultural diplomacy, education and world heritage. He acknowledges that India is an unknown territory for him but sought the support of the distinguished guests present in the reception so as to perform more efficiently during his stay in India.

Stressing on the ideals of professionalism, deliverance, capacity building and overall happiness, the Hon’ble Ambassador said these are the basic elements of performance for his staff and he will use these while dealing with the officials in India. “I am looking forward to the success of the visit of the President of India to Vietnam,” he added.

The Hon’ble Ambassador also talked of the great number of similarities that exist between India and Vietnam and referred to Buddhism which originated in India but reached Vietnam about 2000 years back with such a force that today most of Vietnam follows Buddhism. As a tribute to age-long relationship between the two countries, Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau had called upon Indian artists to perform in the credential ceremony.

Prominent among those present were Aftab Seth, former Indian diplomat who served as ambassador of India to Greece, Japan and Vietnam. Another guest of honour was King Ceasor Augustus Mulenga, the Hony Consul of Vietnam in Uganda, who travelled from Uganda to be present in the credential ceremony. About 50 Buddhist monks from Vietnam who are currently training in India were also present.

India and Vietnam hold key positions in South Asia which is currently witnessing a rapid growth spurt with great resurgence in investor interest. The two countries have in recent past strengthened their relationship in the areas of trade and commerce as well as in their understanding of political and security issues.

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