Ambassador Ngo Quang Xuan is a Vietnamese diplomat with an accomplished and storied career. He currently serves as co-chair of the U.S-Vietnam Dialogue Group.
Xuan was Vietnam’s Ambassador to the United Nations in New York from 1993 to 1999 and worked closely with Madeleine Albright, then U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, on the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam.
Returning to Hanoi, he headed the newly-formed Department of Multi-lateral Economic Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2002 he was appointed Vietnamese Ambassador to the World Trade Organization in Geneva. There he led the negotiations which resulted in Vietnam’s entry to World Trade Organization in 2006, a major boost to the country’s economic development efforts. Xuan then served as Vice Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly.
Xuan is a passionate advocate for Vietnam and her many citizens affected by Agent Orange. He travels frequently and has spoken on several occasions to U.S. audiences. Xuan testified before Congress on this issue and was a featured presenter at the Agent Orange and Addressing the Legacy of the War in Vietnam Conference.
“Much has happened in the fifteen years since the United States and Vietnam normalized diplomatic relations,” Ambassador Xuan told us for this article. “However there remains a tragic legacy of the war in Vietnam, the continuing impact of Agent Orange.”
“Significant progress has been made in our (the United States and Vietnam’s) shared commitment to address this issue. The ‘hot spot’ in Da Nang will soon be cleaned up and we have been able to expand humanitarian services to those in need.”
“Continued bilateral cooperation to implement the U.S.-Vietnam Dialogue Group’s Plan of Action will bring relief to many thousands in Vietnam and enhance the special relationship between our two nations.”
In recognition of his outstanding diplomatic career, in July 2011 the President of Vietnam named Ambassador Xuan as Ambassador for Life.