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Vietnamese envoy arrives on repatriation flight, one of many firsts for new cohort of ‘Zoom diplomats’

By Samantha Wright Allen      

‘We are Zoom diplomats now,’ says Pham Cao Phong, who, with the South Korean envoy, was the first ambassador in Canada to present their credentials to the Governor General virtually.

Vietnam’s new ambassador, Pham Cao Phong, arrived in Ottawa at the end of April, making him the first ambassador his country sent abroad amid the pandemic. Photograph courtesy of the Vietnam Embassy

When Vietnam’s new ambassador to Canada flew to his new home, it also marked a welcome homecoming for hundreds of his country’s citizens stuck amid the coronavirus lockdowns.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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