President Tran Dai Quang (centre), the new ambassadors and other officials pose for a photo (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang presented appointment decisions to the new ambassadors to Cuba, Laos and Spain at a ceremony in Hanoi on December 21.

The President stressed the importance of the three countries where the new ambassadors will serve the tenure from 2016-2019, with Laos and Cuba having traditional friendship and special solidarity with Vietnam, and Spain being a strategic partner.

Nguyen Ba Hung is appointed as the new ambassador of Vietnam to Laos, while Ambassador Nguyen Trung Thanh will serve in Cuba, and the new Vietnamese Ambassador to Spain is Ngo Tien Dung.

President Quang noted that the new ambassadors’ tenure coincides with a decisive period in Vietnam’s five-year socio-economic development plan from 2016-2020. He therefore requested the ambassador to follow the three key external relation tasks set by the 12th National Party Congress.

The tasks are to maintain a peaceful and stable environment and garner external support for national development; to resolutely and consistently work to firmly safeguard national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity; and to enhance the country’s position and prestige.-VNA