Georgetown, Guyana – (October 8, 2015) President David Granger, today, accepted Letters of Credence from the Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Nguyen Van Kien. The accreditation ceremony was held at the Ministry of the Presidency.
Ambassador Van Kien, in his remarks, assured President Granger that he will exert all of his effort to further develop friendly relations between the Government and peoples of the two countries. He noted that the Vietnamese government attaches great importance to Guyana.
“We are committed and ready to work with Guyana for the development of friendly relations on the basis of mutually beneficial cooperation,” Ambassador Van Kien said.
He also commended the Government and people of Guyana for the successes it has achieved over the past 50 years in upholding state sovereignty, developing its national economy, and promoting social progress. He also spoke highly of Guyana’s foreign policy, which speaks to peace, friendly relations and cooperation.
Meanwhile, President David Granger in his remarks said Guyana and Vietnam have pursued relations based on the principles of mutual respect for each other’s independence, equality and cooperation for mutual benefit.
“We reaffirm our commitment to pursue our relations with other states on the basis of peaceful co-existence,” the President said.
He affirmed that Guyana accords great importance to the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and takes seriously its obligations as a member state, particularly as it relates to the peaceful settlement of disputes.
Like Guyana, Vietnam is also vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change and global warming. President Granger said that it is imperative that both nations work to find solutions to this existential threat. “Guyana looks forward to cooperating with Vietnam to promote the achievement of a global agreement that takes cognizance of the vulnerabilities of states to vulnerabilities to climate-induced shocks,” he said.
Guyana and Vietnam established diplomatic relations on April 19, 1975, at a time when many small states were still fighting for their right to self-determination.