An art performance at the 9th India-Vietnam People's Friendship Festival (Source: VUFO)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vice National Assembly Chairman Uong Chu Luu confirmed the important role of people-to-people diplomacy in the cause of peace, solidarity and friendship of Vietnam while attending the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO)’ conference in Hanoi on January 16.

Luu stressed that VUFO should coordinate operations of its chapters in people-to-people diplomatic activities and assess the work of mobilising foreign non-governmental assistance for the country’s socio-economic development.

VUFO Vice President Don Tuan Phong said that in 2017, the union put forward a lot of initiatives and measures to enhance peace, stability and solidarity and speed up people-to-people friendship to expand the network of international friends and partners and strengthen solidarity and friendship among peoples.

It fulfilled its role in canvassing foreign non-governmental assistance. Last year, the disbursement of foreign non-governmental aid reached 280 million USD.

In 2018, VUFO will continue consolidating and developing the network of international friends and partners, actively participating in important multilateral mechanisms, and increasing the efficiency of foreign non-governmental assistance mobilisation, Phong stated.-VNA