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Party chief highlights role of diplomacy in nation-building

Update: December, 17/2013 - 08:42
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong greets delegates at the 28th Diplomatic conference that opened in Ha Noi yesterday. The conference aims to review the implementation of the country's foreign policy and international integration platforms in the first half of the tenure of the 11th Party Congress. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
HA NOI (VNS)— Diplomatic efforts have contributed signficantly to national development by facilitating a conducive, stable environment, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said yesterday.

Addressing the 28th Diplomatic Conference that opened in Ha Noi yesterday, he highlighted the role that the support of other countries had played in the nation's struggle for independence and sovereignty.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said the conference was taking place against a backdrop of important domestic and international developments.

The conference also takes place at an important time as Viet Nam continues to implement its 2011-20 socio-economic development strategy and records significant results in politics, security and economic development, he said.

Despite peaceful and co-operative developments, there were ongoing challenges affecting the region and the world, he said.

The deputy PM also said Viet Nam's security and development had been affected, adding that the conference aimed to review the implementation of the country's foreign policy and international integration in the first half of the tenure of the 11th Party Congress. The conference will also aim to outline measures to achieve the Party's foreign policy platform in future.

Party General Secretary Trong stated that meaningful bilateral and multilateral relationships had been fostered to create favourable conditions for Viet Nam's integration with the global economy.

Viet Nam had also promoted its role as an active member of regional and global institutions and participated more in the Southeast Asian and Asia-Pacific regions, the Party leader noted.

Trong also praised Viet Nam's recent election to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors, UNESCO World Heritage Commission and the UN Human Rights Council for the 2014-16 term; saying the positions represented increasing confidence from the international community in the country's abilities.

Additionally, he noted the increased contributions of overseas Vietnamese people to national construction and development.

Addressing the opportunities and threats presented by global trends, Trong emphasised that the priority for the diplomatic sector was carrying out the Party's platform and capitalising on opportunities to promote national development and security.

He outlined an eight-point plan for the diplomatic sector with a clear focus on spearheading development opportunities and pursuing the nation's objectives to industrialise and modernise the economy by 2020.

The Party leader also stressed the need to pursue multilateral partnerships and expand the country's international relationships; with a view to addressing border and territory issues, peacefully resolving recurrent issues and differing views on the East Sea.

He emphasised the importance of resolving issues in accordance with international law, namely the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and the formation of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

The Party leader also emphasised the need to commit to cultural diplomacy and foreign news services in order to promote Viet Nam's role and image in the region. Trong also stressed the importance of implementing Resolution 36 of the Party Politburo on the mobilisation of Vietnamese people living abroad.

Noting the Party General Secretary's comments, Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Minh urged participants to focus on the guidelines and policies of the Party, clarifying existing problems in an effort to boost diplomatic efforts.

At the opening ceremony, leaders of the Ministry of Public Security, the Party Central Committee's Commission for External Relations, the Ministry of Defence and the National Assembly's Committee for External Relations made important assessments on regional and international issues.

Their speeches highlighted achievements in the diplomatic sector since the previous conference in 2011. — VNS

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