09:01 | 11/01/2016 Cooperation
(VEN) - 2015 witnessed the visits of Vietnamese party, state and government leaders to foreign countries as well as heads of states and governments to Vietnam, contributing to deepening diplomatic relations and promoting international cooperation, especially raising Vietnam’s profile in the international arena.
Vietnam’s diplomats have contributed to raising the country’s profile
One of the most noteworthy diplomatic activities in 2015 was the organization of the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (IPU-132) that approved the Hanoi Declaration with a series of important contents. The declaration reaffirms its vision for people-centered sustainable development based on the implementation of all human rights in order to eradicate poverty in all forms and eliminate inequalities, then empowering all inpiduals to promote their full potential. This requires conditions of peace and security in full observance of the Charter of the United Nations and international law. In addition, the declaration states that a people-centered approach requires environmental justice that the planet and all its ecosystems must be treated as common assets for the whole humanity. Human well-being must be an engine for all sustainable development policies and its advancements must be assessed by not only gross domestic product but also other measures. The Hanoi Declaration also shows the IPU’s aspirations and commitments in developing and implementing sustainable development goals.
2015 marked the meaningful year with the visits of Vietnamese party, state and government leaders to not only neighboring countries but also world powers.
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong visited the US in July and met US President Barack Obama at the White House. The meeting was seen as the recognition of the US against political leadership of the Vietnamese Communist Party, contributing to promoting the normalization of Vietnam-US diplomatic relations.
Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s official visit to China in April and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping’s state-level visit to Vietnam in November confirmed that political confidence was a foundation for sustainable development between the two countries.
Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang paid visits to Germany and Cuba in 2015. Regarding multilateral diplomacy, the attention in the 23rd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) with the presence of Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang brought a special meaning, confirming Vietnam’s active role in its forum.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had a busy year after participating in a series of events and visiting many countries. The visits of the prime minister together with ministries, agencies and companies opened up opportunities for promoting economic, trade and investment cooperation between Vietnam and partners. For example, on the occasion of the visit of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to Malaysia on August 7-8, the two sides agreed to upgrade the relationship to the strategic partnership, contributing to consolidating political confidence and strengthening cooperation. They also agreed to enhance agricultural exports and imports, especially for the soon signing of a government-level memorandum of understanding on rice trade and signed a memorandum of understanding on labor recruitment, creating favorable conditions for 60,000 Vietnamese laborers to enjoy legal protection in Malaysia.
The prime minister headed the Vietnamese delegation to attend the 27th ASEAN Summit. ASEAN leaders announced the Kuala Lumpur Declaration to celebrate the establishment of the ASEAN Community on December 31 and to chart the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.
The establishment of the ASEAN Community was an important event, realizing ASEAN into an inter-governmental organization on a basis of the ASEAN Charter. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said, “As a member country since 1995, Vietnam has actively participated in the building of ASEAN, contributing to realizing the establishment of the ASEAN Community. The joining in ASEAN was seen as a strategic decision, marking Vietnam’s first important milestone in deploying multilateral diplomacy and implementing international integration. Together with active, positive and responsible motto, Vietnam has seriously completed commitments and obligations and has made significant contributions to the development of ASEAN. Vietnam’s great socioeconomic development achievements and improved position in the international arena have helped improve position of ASEAN.”
The Vietnamese party, state and government continue to promote diplomatic activities in order to consolidate relations with many countries, creating favorable conditions for socioeconomic development and improving Vietnam’s position in the international arena.