Hanoi (VNA) – Moroccan Ambassador to Vietnam Azzeddine Farhane has granted an interview to Vietnam News Agency about bilateral ties on the occasion of the 19th anniversary of the National Day of Morocco (July 30).

Asked about the outcomes of the fourth meeting of the Vietnam – Morocco Joint Committee and the fifth political consultation between the two foreign ministries in April in Hanoi, Ambassador Farhane said the two sides shared the same view on regional and global issues of shared concern, and on the settlement of regional disputes via dialogues and negotiations on the basis of respect for countries’ territorial integrity.

According to her, both sides expressed the wish to lift political consultation to dialogue level to further discuss issues of mutual concern. On the basis of historical ties, geo-political similarities and economic potential, the two countries believed that they could connect Vietnam with Africa and Morocco with Asia.

The ambassador stressed that Vietnam and Morocco adopted a detailed roadmap to reinforce bilateral ties across politics, economy and culture and optimising signed agreements, adding that the two nations reaffirmed mutual support for each other’s candidacy for seats in committees and organisations of the United Nations (UN).

Talking about her tenure in Vietnam, Ambassador Farhane noted a highlight in the first year, which was the organisation of two international seminars on sharing historical memories between Vietnam and Morocco and experience in administrative decentralisation. Later in the second year, an international workshop on cultural diversity in national unity took place on March 27, 2018. Such events attracted numerous UN experts, ambassadors, diplomats, researchers and professors.

In the time ahead, the ambassador said her priority is to consolidate bilateral economic ties and raise two-way trade.

In an effort to popularise the image of Morocco among the Vietnamese people, the ambassador revealed a plan to hold a Moroccan Cultural Week in Vietnam so that the Vietnamese people could better understand arts, cuisine as well as cultural diversity of the African country.

On March 29, the Moroccan Embassy in Hanoi and the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism held a round-table seminar on promoting tourism between the two countries in order to introduce destinations to tour agencies.

Further information about Moroccan tourism could be found at www.moroccoembassy.vn

Farhane said with optimism that room for bilateral cultural and tourism cooperation remains huge.-VNA