Saturday, 31 July 2021 11:45 GMT

Qatar- Outgoing Ecuadorian envoy to launch autobiography today

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The outgoing Ecuadorian Ambassador to Qatar, Ivonne A Baki, will launch her first book which narrates important stories of her life, including her mission in Qatar, at Marza Malas Kempinski today.

Titled ‘My Destiny…Horrors of War and Aspirations of Peace', the book speaks issues on humanity, freedom, romance and peace.

It combines within its two covers, women's aspirations who long to peace and struggle to reach the top of a community full of conspiracies and corruption.  

W'I was keen to issue this book in Arabic, first to reach a large audience of the Qataris and the Arab residents in Qatar. This book starts from Qatar and ends in Qatar. It has a large part where I talk about my stay in Qatar and my experience during the blockade, said A Baki.

'It will soon be translated into three languages, English first, then Spanish and French too. I was lucky to have the support of Ibrahim Badawi, Arabic journalist, in writing this book. This book is a unique experience for me and made me remember all the past years with its happy memories and the tragic ones, she added.

Speaking about her tenure in Doha for more than two years, A Baki said, 'We are in the right direction, we have made a lot, but this is the beginning and we have much more to do best is yet to come.

Ambassador A Baki also emphasized that trade between Qatar and Ecuador has increased considerably during her term. She also said that a significant increase has been seen in the supply of roses from Ecuador to Qatar through daily cargo flights. Similarly, the popularity of Ecuador's chocolates and bananas has increased in Doha.  

'As for bilateral ties with Qatar, I think we have made a lot of progress. Ecuador is known here more than ever and vice versa Qataris are very well-known in my country. There is an increase of 35 percent in bilateral trade. The import of roses from Ecuador to Qatar has increased multiple times.

Chocolate import is also increasing. We are working on bringing in more bananas. We have also made progress politically and culturally. However, still there is a lot more to do, she said.

A Baki on completion of her over two years of diplomatic mission in Qatar will be leaving soon to be the ambassador of Ecuador to the US where she had served in the same role 20 years ago.

'I have mixed feelings. Wondering that I have to leave very soon brings tears to my eyes. But at the same time, I am excited about the new challenges awaiting me as an ambassador to the US. Honestly, I can say that Qatar is my second home. I have never felt I am a stranger here. I have got many friends who helped my mission be easier and more productive, she added.


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