Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh hosted a year-end get-together with the diplomatic corps in Hanoi on February 4, assuring them that Vietnam is determined to deepen ties with countries globally in 2015.

He said 2015 is an important year for Vietnam as it will mark the birth of the ASEAN Community and the enforcement of many free trade agreements. The Vietnamese government will continue perfecting the market economy institutions, policies and laws and improving business and investment climate, making it easier for the country to integrate into the world economy, Minh said.

“Vietnam will do its best to strengthen and deepen its external relations, promote deeper integration into the world economy, participate in an active and responsible manner in global security and development issues and the cooperation in dealing with world issues including climate change, water and energy security,” he said.

The Deputy PM stressed that countries should seize opportunities and respect mutual interests, abide by international law, demonstrate good will for cooperation for the sake of peace and development of all concerned.

Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen The Thao said the capital wants to mobilize all resources for sustainable development, and looks to improve the efficiency of external relations work on pillars of economic, political and cultural diplomacy towards that goal.

Moroccan Ambassador and head of the diplomatic corps El Houcine Fardani hailed Vietnam as an active and responsible member of the international community, adding that the country’s election as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council is the world recognition of its progress in improving human rights at home.

He also praised Vietnam for overcoming challenges regarding maritime dispute and its preparations for the 132nd General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) slated for this March.

The ambassador congratulated Vietnam on having Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex recently recognised as the world cultural and natural heritage and the imperial records from Nguyen dynasty granted a certificate of the Asia-Pacific Region’s Memory of the World Programme last year.

He reiterated strong will to foster the growing ties between Vietnam and countries as well as international organisations in the time to come.-VNA