09:12 | 09/09/2015 Cooperation
(VEN) - A ceremony was held to mark the 70th anniversary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the contribution the country’s diplomats have made to its development.
Vietnam’s diplomats have contributed to raising the country’s profile
President Ho Chi Minh said that Vietnam was always a friend and trusted partner of all countries and a responsible member of the international community. Vietnam has to date established diplomatic relations with 185 United Nations members and has ties with more than 230 countries and territories. Vietnam is also an active member of more than 70 regional and international organizations, playing an important role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Vietnam undertook the role as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council during the 2008-2009 tenure and the Chair of ASEAN for 1998 and 2010. Vietnam also successfully organized many international meetings such as the seventh Francophone Summit in 1997, the fifth Asia-Europe Meeting in 2005, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in 2006 and the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in March 2015 and will host the 25th APEC Summit in 2017.
Vietnam has attracted more than US$250 billion in foreign direct investment capital and is one of few countries participating in all key economic agreements in the region.
Vietnam’s diplomats have contributed to raising the country’s profile in the international arena and played a key role in the country’s development.
Vietnam has also established 98 Vietnamese trade offices abroad, contributing to advertising the Vietnamese image to international friends.
Diplomacy in international integration
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh said that Vietnam has established strategic and comprehensive partnerships with several major countries, including five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.
In a context of an economic recession, Vietnam has achieved a trade surplus in three consecutive years from 2012 to 2014. Vietnam has been considered an attractive destination in the Southeast Asian region with the presence of more than 100 multinational companies.
In terms of cultural diplomacy, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization officially recognized the Ho Dynasty Citadel and the Trang An Landscape Complex as world heritage sites and the Nguyen Dynasty imperial records as world documentary heritage.
“Diplomatic staff members will make higher determination and efforts to make the most of opportunities and overcome difficulties in order to achieve better results in diplomatic relations,” Pham Binh Minh said.