|Minister of Foreign Affairs Bùi Thanh Sơn. — Photo from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
HÀ NỘI — Over the past 77 years, under the leadership of the Party, the diplomatic sector has continuously developed in a comprehensive and strong manner, making important contributions to the national revolution, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bùi Thanh Sơn has stated.
In his article entitled 77 years of Vietnamese diplomacy: Devoted to serving the Fatherland, serving the people, which was released on the occasion of the sector's 77th anniversary, Minister Sơn noted that during national defence and construction, diplomacy has been a strategic battlefield.
With strategic and clever policies, diplomacy made an important contribution to protecting the revolutionary government and the people after the August Revolution, FM Sơn underlined.
Along the political, military, economic and cultural fronts, the diplomatic sector helped enlist the great support and assistance of the progressive forces and the international community for the country’s just revolutionary cause, creating victories that brightened the nation's history, including the negotiations and signing of the Geneva Agreement in 1954 and the Paris Agreement in 1973.
After the country's reunification, the diplomatic sector continued contributing to efforts to lift the embargo imposed on Việt Nam as well as the Đổi mới (Renewal) process, according to the FM.
He noted that to date, Việt Nam has set up diplomatic ties with 190 countries around the world, including strategic partnerships and comprehensive partnerships with 30 countries. Meanwhile, Việt Nam has enjoyed economic partnerships with more than 230 countries and territories, and signed 15 free trade agreements (FTA), including new generation FTAs.
Việt Nam has been an active member of more than 70 important multilateral organisations and forums.
With an expanding and deepening network of foreign relations, the country’s peaceful, stable and independent environment, sovereignty and territorial integrity have been firmly reinforced, while many import-export markets have been expanded, enabling the country to take advantage of many sources of capital, technology and knowledge for its industrialisation and modernisation, Foreign Minister Sơn highlighted.
He noted that during the difficult period of the COVID-19 pandemic, health diplomacy and vaccine diplomacy have made important contributions to the successful implementation of the country's vaccine strategy, creating a prerequisite for the country to shift to safe and flexible adaptation and effectively controlling the pandemic, and speeding up socio-economic recovery and development, and rise up after the pandemic.
Việt Nam’s hosting of several major international events and holding various important positions within the international community have helped improve the country's image and stature in the international arena, according to Sơn.
Besides, he underlined the sector's strong performance in cultural and information diplomacy, as well as citizen protection activities abroad.
The Foreign Minister attributed the success to the proper external policy of the Party and State, as well as the efforts of the whole Party, people and the entire political system, along with the close and effective coordination among diplomatic pillars and forces and sectors at all levels.
It is the nation's revolutionary cause that has nurtured the diplomatic sector's maturity and development, creating a special and unique Vietnamese diplomacy in the President Hồ Chí Minh era, said the Vietnamese top diplomat.
In the future, the diplomatic sector will focus on maintaining the peaceful and stable environment in parallel with resolutely and persistently safeguarding national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, while expanding and deepening relations with neighbouring countries, important partners and traditional friends, and taking full advantage of favourable international factors, he stated.
At the same time, the sector will renovate itself to seek new ways and areas to expand markets and mobilise external resources for national development, while promoting Việt Nam’s role at important multilateral mechanisms to further enhance the international position and reputation of Việt Nam, he underlined.
The sector will also strengthen Party building and rectification, step up the studying and following of President Hồ Chí Minh’s ideology, morality and lifestyle, while developing diplomatic officials with strong political mettle and professional capacity, Minister Sơn added. — VNS