Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan has urged Vietnamese diplomats based overseas to closely liaise with the city and expand its links to the world, especially with traditional and major economic partners.

Meeting a delegation of newly-appointed heads of representative Vietnamese agencies abroad for the 2015-2018 tenure led by Deputy Foreign Minister and Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong on June 3, Quan hoped that they would help Vietnam expand its overseas markets and attract high-quality foreign direct investment and other resources, including official development assistance and funding.

As the homeland of a large number of Vietnamese nationals living and working abroad, the city expects ambassadors to be a trustworthy source of support and to connect expats with their Vietnamese fellows at home, he said.

Cuong, for his part, thanked the municipal authorities for their help in diplomatic activities by the Party, State and foreign guests in the city.

He took note of the host’s proposals and pledged that the new ambassadors and diplomats would do their best to seek and connect with potential investors to meet the city’s development demand.-VNA