|The Deputy Prime Minister raises glasses with diplomatic representatives on the occasion of the coming Lunar New Year.—VNA/VNS Photo An Dang
HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh hosted a year-end get-together with the diplomatic corps in Ha Noi yesterday, assuring them that Viet Nam was determined to deepen ties with countries globally in 2015.
He said 2015 was an important year for Viet Nam, as it marked the birth of the ASEAN Economic Community and the enforcement of many free trade agreements. The Vietnamese government would continue perfecting market economy institutions, policies and laws and improving the business and investment climate, making it easier for the country to integrate into the world economy.
"Viet Nam will do its best to strengthen and deepen its external relations, promote deeper integration into the world economy, participate in an active and responsible manner in global security and development issues and co-operate in dealing with world issues including climate change, water and energy security," he said.
The Deputy PM stressed that countries should respect mutual interests, abide by international law and demonstrate good will for the sake of peace and development of all concerned.
Chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee Nguyen The Thao said the capital wanted to mobilise all resources for sustainable development and improve the efficiency of external relations work on the pillars of economic, political and cultural diplomacy.
Moroccan Ambassador and head of the diplomatic corps El Houcine Fardani hailed Viet Nam as an active and responsible member of the international community, adding that the country's election as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council reflected the world's recognition of its progress on improving human rights at home.
He also praised Viet Nam for overcoming challenges regarding maritime disputes and its preparations for the 132nd General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) slated for this March.
The ambassador congratulated Viet Nam on having Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex recognised as a world cultural and natural heritage site by UNESCO, in addition to having the Nguyen dynasty imperial records granted a certificate by the Asia-Pacific region's Memory of the World programme last year. — VNS