Politburo member Le Hong Anh has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to apply firm and adept measures to protect the nation’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

At a working session with the ministry on May 19, Anh, who is also standing member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat, said the ministry should continue with diplomatic measures to garner international support and maintain a peaceful and stable environment for national construction and development.

Praising the MoFA for its great efforts and contributions to the country’s external relations, he required that the ministry better serves as an advisor for the Party and State leaders on issues related to foreign relations.

The ministry needs to pay attention to strengthening the Party organisation and political training for its staff while pushing forward the campaign of following the moral example of President Ho Chi Minh, he said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh reported that the ministry is working on both key tasks of contributing to safeguarding the country’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and promoting intensive and extensive international integration.

In the face of serious and complicated developments in the East Sea, the MoFA will maintain the foreign policy of independence and self-reliance and take diplomatic measures to firmly defend the national sovereignty, he stressed.-VNA