VUFO Chairman Vu Xuan Hong (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) met with new ambassadors and heads of Vietnam’s overseas representative agencies on June 14, asking for their greater efforts to help with people-to-people diplomacy.

At the meeting in Hanoi, VUFO Chairman Vu Xuan Hong said his organisation has worked with thousands of foreign partners around the globe while stepping up activities to promote peace, solidarity and friendship.

It has brought into full play its core role in such events as the Asia-Europe People’s Forum, ASEAN Peoples’ Forum, and the Vietnam Peace and Development Foundation.

Over the last five years, the organisation has worked with foreign non-governmental organisations whose financial aid went to war legacy settlement, poverty alleviation, infrastructure building, medical and educational issues, environmental protection, natural disaster response, and sustainable development.

Through Vietnam’s overseas representative offices, the VUFO has popularised the country’s images and called for international cooperation, Hong added.

He asked the diplomats in the 2016 – 2019 term to help promote cooperation, solidarity, friendship, people-to-people exchanges, and NGO affairs.

Duong Chi Dung, Ambassador and head of Vietnam’s permanent delegation to the UN, the World Trade Organisation and other international organisations in Geneva (Switzerland), said people-to-people diplomacy enabled Vietnam to set up partnerships across politics, economy, culture-society, security and defence – a result attained with the great help of the VUFO.

At the event, the new diplomats said they will work closely with the VUFO to effectively implement diplomatic tasks assigned by the Party and State and the people-to-people diplomacy.-VNA