11:53 | 07/08/2018 Events
On 6 August 2018, the new British Ambassador Designate to Vietnam, Gareth Ward, started work in Hanoi.
|Gareth Ward - British Ambassador|
He submit his Letter Of Credentials from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to State President Tran Dai Quang on 7 August to allow him officially to take up his position as British Ambassador to Vietnam.
Ambassador Ward is proud to be taking over as the relationship between the UK and Vietnam is entering a new phase. After 45 years of diplomatic relations, and 8 years of strategic partnership, the UK and Vietnam has a diverse and productive range of contacts. Next year, as the UK will leave the European Union, our goal is to maintain a special partnership with the EU as well as strengthening its presence in the Asia Pacific.
The Ambassador looks forward to high level contacts with Vietnam in the months to come, and to demonstrating to the public in both countries how our bilateral relationship is contributing to growth and prospertity as well as solving global challenges.
Ambassador Ward is a senior diplomat who has worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) since 1996. He served as Her Majesty’s Consul General in St Petersburg, Russia for 3 years from 2010 to 2013 and another 5 years as FCO’s Head of China Department. Ambassador Ward is married with 2 children.