|The diplomatic sector receives the Golden Star Order for the second time at a ceremony marking its 70th founding anniversary in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS) — The diplomatic sector received the Golden Star Order – the noblest order of Viet Nam — for the second time at a ceremony marking its 70th founding anniversary (August 28, 1945) in Ha Noi yesterday.
At the event, President Truong Tan Sang said the order illustrated the Party, State and people's recognition of the great contributions of the service.
During the 70-year course of national development, the diplomatic service has assisted with revolutionary missions. It has taken the lead in coping with internal and external enemies while effectively coordinating with political and military forces to win over international support for Viet Nam's struggles.
The President highlighted the service's dedication over the past 30 years of "doi moi" (reform), elaborating that while Viet Nam had diplomatic relations with only 11 countries in 1954, it has set up official ties with 185 countries and promoted economic, trade and investment cooperation with 224 markets around the globe at present.
He emphasised that this is the first time Viet Nam has had such widespread, equal and friendly foreign relations; a peaceful and stable international environment; and strong and favourable standing in the global arena.
They should also unceasingly renew their thinking, he said, urging the service to enhance research studies and forecasting to issue timely and efficient strategies and policies, ultimately ensuring national benefits and creating the best conditions for the country's growth.
On behalf of the diplomatic staff, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh expressed his honour to receive the Golden Star Order and pledged the service's resolve to uphold its 70-year tradition and devotion to the country's development and protection. — VNS