President Tran Dai Quang and diplomats (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang has requested heads of Vietnam’s diplomatic missions abroad to continue improving the efficiency of economic and cultural diplomacy, and popularising the image of the Vietnamese land and people in their host countries to contribute to Vietnam’s development and international integration.

At a reception for 23 new heads of diplomatic missions overseas in the 2016-2019 tenure in Hanoi on July 4, President Quang said that 2016 is the first year Vietnam implements the 12th National Party Congress’s Resolution, which sets forth four main tasks, boosting socio-economic development, building the Party, improving the people and culture, and strengthening defence and security.

Therefore, the diplomats should follow the resolution to carry out their work, with the focus on maintaining peace and stability, taking advantage of foreign resources to develop the country, protecting the nation, and increasing its position and prestige, he suggested.

The State leader asked the diplomats to exert their efforts to ensure the nation’s supreme interests, implement the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralisation of international relations and the policy of Vietnam being a reliable partner and responsible member of the international community.

He required the diplomatic missions abroad to serve as support for the Vietnamese community in their host countries.

He showed his belief that the diplomats, with their experience, will successfully fulfil their tasks assigned by the Party and State, thus contributing to national construction and safeguarding.

On behalf of the diplomats, Duong Chi Dung, Ambassador and head of Vietnam’s permanent delegation to the UN, the World Trade Organisation and other international organisations in Geneva, vowed to be consistent in protecting the nation’s supreme interests, and active in building a peaceful environment and contributing to the country’s international integration, and taking advantages of foreign resources to boost national socio-economic development.-VNA