Ambassador Ahmed Araïta Ali with H.E. Mr. Nguyen Quoc Cuong, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Vietnam wants to strengthen its trade ties and cooperative relations with Middle East and African countries. To that end, a « Meet Ambassadors from the Middle East and Africa 2019 », which drew the participation of some sixty people, in addition to International organizations’ representatives such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the European Union, the International Organization of La Francophonie, as well as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), was held in Hanoi, on 9th and 10th September, 2019.

One of the aims of this high-level meeting was to set action priorities and to discuss best strategies to achieve them. Vietnam’s intervention sectors include telecommunications, agriculture, health care and education.

Ambassador Ahmed Araïta Ali with H.E. Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

H.E. Mr. Ahmed Araïta Ali, as Djibouti non-resident Ambassador in Vietnam, emphasized the free zones use to facilitate interregional trade. He also pointed out Djibouti’s leadership and interest in the telecommunications sector, as well as the opportunities for partnerships.

Invited to give the closing remarks, on behalf of all his colleagues from the Middle East and Africa, Ambassador Ahmed Araïta Ali concluded by this African proverb: « He who talks, sows; he who listens, harvests. And you talked, so sowed; and we listened, so harvested ».

H.E. M. Ahmed Araïta Ali giving the closing remarks, on behalf of all his colleagues from the Middle East and Africa.

His outstanding remarks earned him warm applause from the Vietnamese Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who attended the closing session, and from all participants. This first « Meet Ambassadors 2019» initiated by Vietnam, was an overriding success.