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National conference promotes pioneering role of foreign affairs

The National Conference on Foreign Affairs has served to emphasize the need to promote the pioneering role in maintaining a peaceful and stable environment, whilst firmly defending the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and interests of the nation.

The National Conference on Foreign Affairs opened in both in-person and virtual forms on December 14. (Photo:

The National Conference on Foreign Affairs opened in both in-person and virtual forms on December 14, under the chair of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, with the aim of effectively carrying out the Resolution of the 13th National Party Congress. Indeed, the event saw a particularly focus on policies, guidelines, and orientations regarding foreign affairs.

During the course of the function, Politburo member and Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh presented a report on the situation, orientation and key foreign affairs tasks to be implemented under the Resolution of the 13th National Party Congress.

Speaking at the event, Deputy PM Minh highlighted the tremendous achievements that the nation has recorded after 35 years of pursuing the renewal (Doi Moi) process, thereby helping to elevate the country’s international prestige.

The scale and level of the national economy has been raised with a GDP of approximately US$400 billion and roughly 100 million citizens. In addition, people's lives have improved markedly in both material and spiritual terms.

Furthermore, socio-political stability has been ensured on the basis of consolidating and strengthening the great national unity bloc under the leadership of the Party, whilst national defence and security has been firmly maintained and strengthened.

Most notably, the country has strived to accelerate deep integration into all aspects of international social life, whilst it continues to be an active and responsible member of the wider international community.

The past five years, amid complicated and unpredictable developments both globally and regionally, has seen the nation take full advantage of various opportunities, solve challenges, continue to create comprehensive results, and record outstanding achievements across multiple fields.

“In the overall achievements of the country, there is a significant contribution from foreign affairs and international integration. The Party, State and the whole political system has paid due attention to foreign affairs and international integration, which has achieved many important, positive and comprehensive results,” Deputy PM Minh stated.

However, according to the Deputy PM, foreign affairs still endure some limitations, such as foreign activities and international integration not keeping up with relevant developments of the situation without anticipating adverse impacts. In line with this, the relationships of intertwined interests with important partners have not been properly exploited and promoted effectively, with co-ordination in terms of external affairs between sectors and localities yet to be regularly intensified.

Deputy PM Minh also expressed his confidence that through the country's position constantly being consolidated through 35 years of pursuing the renewal process, coupled with the determination of the entire political system under the leadership of the Party, foreign affairs and international integration will record greater achievements in the future.

This will serve to add impetus to the successful implementation of the Resolution of the 13th Party Congress, thereby contributing to turning the nation into a developing country with modern industry, a high-middle income by 2030, and a developed country with socialist-oriented development by the middle of the 21st century.

Source: VOV

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