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Diplomat's 100th birthday marked

Update: August, 29/2012 - 10:27

HA NOI — A meeting to mark the 100th birthday of the late Minister of Foreign Affairs Xuan Thuy was held in the capitcal city yesterday.

"Today is an occation for us to review the lessons learned from his diplomatic manoeuvres, particularly in three main areas – external relations of the Party, State diplomacy and the people's diplomacy," said current Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, who was also full of praise for Thuy's contributions to the Vietnamese revolution.

Thuy's name is closely linked to the Paris Peace Talks held during the American war, when he headed the delegation of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam. His personality and acute arguments during the negotiations won admiration even from the rival.

"In whatever position he was assigned, Thuy always exhibited his leadership capacity and strategic vision, greatly contributing to the common victory of our nation," Minh said.

Acknowledging his contributions to the homeland, Thuy was presented during his lifetime with many noble awards by the Party and State, including the Gold Star Order, the Ho Chi Minh Order, the Independence Order (First Class), and the War of Resistance Order (First Class). — VNS

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