“Vietnam Receives High Praise From Israel as a Partnership”

Ambikam Levy, who served as Israel's Ambassador to Vietnam for several years, has expressed his fondness for the Southeast Asian nation, saying it will always hold a special place in his heart.


Vietnam and Israel established official diplomatic relations in 1993. Over the past 30 years, bilateral relations have achieved numerous accomplishments and are continually deepening.

Former Israeli Ambassador to Vietnam Amikam Levy shared these achievements in an interview with the Vietnam News Agency correspondent in Tel Aviv. He highlighted the strong leadership and clear aspirations of both countries for the interests of the nation and the well-being of the people.

"Israel Considers Vietnam A Great Partner"
Former Ambassador of Israel to Vietnam Amikam Levy shakes hands with Vietnamese Ambassador to Israel Ly Duc Trung. Source: Israel – Vietnam Friendship Association/FB

Amikam Levy, Chairman of the Israel – Vietnam Friendship Association established on January 22, 2023, mentioned the positive impact of diplomatic ties on tourism cooperation and business opportunities between the two countries.

During Levy’s term as Ambassador from 2001 to 2003, he prioritized the opening of the Vietnamese Embassy in Israel. This effort was realized in 2009. Levy considers this a significant achievement and a testament to the historical similarities and shared aspirations for independence and freedom between Vietnam and Israel.

Levy also remarked on the cultural differences and similarities between Vietnamese and Jewish people, noting their shared values of family, friendship, and mutual understanding.

He acknowledged Vietnam’s remarkable socio-economic achievements under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, particularly in infrastructure development. Despite its smaller size, Israel is known for its innovation and achievements in various fields, and is eager to share its experience with Vietnam.

"Israel Considers Vietnam A Great Partner"
Vietnam and Israel conclude negotiations for a free trade agreement on April 2, 2023. Photo: VNA

As President of the Israel-Vietnam Friendship Association, Levy is committed to promoting people-to-people exchanges and encouraging Israeli companies to invest in Vietnam. He believes that there is ample room for cooperation between the two countries, especially in clean energy, and looks forward to organizing a business forum in the near future.

Levy emphasized that Israel considers Vietnam a great partner and has confidence in the country’s potential for collaboration in science, technology, and other fields. He expressed his belief that bilateral relations will continue to strengthen in the next 5-10 years, with many Israeli companies relocating to Vietnam.

Hannah Nguyen