This is the first national foreign affairs conference organised by the Politburo and the Secretariat of the Party Central Committe to discuss foreign affairs of the Party, the State's diplomatic activities, and people-to-people diplomacy.

It also aims to thoroughly popularise the Resolution of the 13th National Party Congress, especially policies, guidelines and orientations regarding foreign affairs of the Party, people and army.

Addressing the event, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said Vietnamese diplomacy is the combination of softness and powerfulness on the foundation of understanding itself and others as well as the situation.

He suggested that the diplomatic sector should reform its mindset and seek suitable solutions in external affairs.

The Party chief underlined the need to show stronger voice and more positive stance in foreign affairs, while continue to popularise and properly implement the external policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, cooperation and development, multilateralisation, diversification of relations, active and positive international integration./.