Qatar, Vietnam celebrate 25 years of ties

 08 Feb 2018 - 8:10

Qatar, Vietnam celebrate 25 years of ties
Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Dinh Thao (third left), Katara General Manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti (fourth left) and other officials at the screening of “Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass” at Katara on Tuesday.

By Raynald C Rivera | The Peninsula

DOHA:  Critically acclaimed Vietnamese film “Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass” was screened on Tuesday at the Cultural Village Foundation – Katara to kick off the year-round celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Qatar.

Vietnam’s entry to last year’s Oscars, the 2015 film directed by Victor Vu was based on a on the award winning and best- selling novel “I See Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass” by Nguyen Nhat Anh. Set on a breathtaking Vietnamese countryside village, this coming-of-age film tells the story of love, friendship and brotherhood. “On February 8, 1993, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the State of Qatar established diplomatic relations. Today, the screening of “Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass” is the first activity to open the year of celebration of 25th anniversary of the establishment diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Qatar,” said Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Dinh Thao.

Addressing the audience including Katara General Manager, Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, representatives of diplomatic missions and members of the community, the envoy outlined the various events planned out throughout the year-long celebration.

“As part of the 25th year celebrations, a wide variety of cultural activities including movie screening, photo exhibitions, Vietnamese cultural and cuisine Festival, cultural performances will be organised throughout of the year to promote cultural diversity and artistic collaboration between the two countries. On this occasion, allow me to extend my sincere thanks to Katara for supporting us in organising these events,” he said.

He stressed that bilateral ties had made significant improvements in the last 25 years and that he looks forward to more further steps in time to come. 

He cited important high level exchange visits which had been instrumental in further strengthening the relationship between Vietnam and Qatar including the official visit to Vietnam of Father Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani in 2012 and the official visit to Qatar in 2014 of  Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Deputy Prime Minister, who is now the Prime Minister of Vietnam. 

“A number of agreements and MoU have been signed which have created framework for bilateral cooperation in many fields such as politics, economic, investment, labour, and education. With the attention of leaders of the two countries, the relations between Vietnam and Qatar will be more developed and strengthened in the coming years,” he added.

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