Hanoi, 30 December 2022 (TDI): Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Le Thi Thu Hang, hosted a reception for Queen Mother of Bhutan, Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck in Hanoi on December 28.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs affirmed that Vietnam always attaches great importance to its friendly relations with Bhutan.

Welcoming the Bhutan Queen Mother’s visit to Vietnam for the first time, Hang said that the two countries have set up their diplomatic relations for 10 years.

Also, bilateral friendship and cooperation have grown positively with a bright spot being tourism partnerships.

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She thanked Bhutan for supporting Vietnam’s candidacy to the UN Human Rights Council for the 2023-2025 tenure.

Moreover, Le Thi Thu Hang expressed hope that the Queen Mother and the Royal Family of Bhutan will continue to promote cooperation with Vietnam at international and regional forums, especially UN bodies.

Statement by Queen’s Mother

For her part, the Queen Mother said that she was impressed at the strong growth of Vietnam in all aspects.

Furthermore, the Queen’s Mother showed admiration for the nation, people, and spirit of Viet Nam during the past struggle for national defense and the current process of national development.

Additionally, she underlined that after Bhutan opened its door again to visitors earlier this year, Vietnam has become the second largest source of tourists to Bhutan with 6,000 visitors.

At the meeting, the two sides agreed to continue to increase the exchange of delegations. In addition, both want to keep the bilateral partnership in economy, culture, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges.

The two countries will work together for the opening of a direct air route in the time to come. On the occasion, Hang conveyed Vietnamese leaders’ best regards to the King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema.