Scene at the meeting (Photo:VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - International integration in politics-defence-security has helped Vietnam establish more strategic and comprehensive cooperation frameworks, and deepen relations with important partners, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said.

Minh made his assessment at a meeting of the inter-sectoral steering committee for international integration in politics-defense-security held in Hanoi on June 26. The committee is one of the three committees under the National Steering Committee for International Integration led by PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Speaking at the function, the Deputy PM, also head of the inter-sectoral steering committee, praised coordination by relevant agencies and sectors to implement external policies on extensive international integration issued by the Party’s 12th National Congress.

The policies have been translated into specific projects, including the national master plan on international integration by 2020 with a vision toward 2030, and Resolution 06/QH-TW on effective implementation of international economic integration and ensuring socio-politic stability amid the country’s participation in new-generation free trade agreements.

The official said international friends have spoken highly of Vietnam’s hosting of the APEC Year 2017, the 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum, the 6th Greater Mekong Subregion Summit and the 10th Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Development Triangle Summit.

He added that active foreign and defence-security diplomacy has contributed to protecting the country’s sovereignty in the East Sea.

He praised Vietnam’s participation in the UN peacekeeping mission and new ideas in bilateral cooperation and at multilateral forums and dialogues.

He also pointed to complicated and rapid changes in the region and the world in the past six months, which directly affected Vietnam’s security, development and international integration.

He said the situation requires relevant agencies to make prompt assessment and forecast, and take suitable measures to carry out international integration in regard to the world, regional, and East Sea affairs.

Minh tasked members of his committee with taking the lead in elevating multilateral diplomatic activities and building multilateral mechanisms via specific initiatives.

He requested them to step up preparations for Vietnam’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council in 2020-2021 as well as its ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020 and building of a post-2020 APEC vision.

The country’s further involvement in the UN peacekeeping mission and collaboration to fight trans-national crimes are also important, the Deputy PM stressed.-VNA