General Director of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) Nguyen Duc Loi has proposed that chiefs of the Vietnamese representative offices abroad create the most possible conditions for VNA correspondents’ coverage in their host countries.

He met with newly-accredited Vietnamese ambassadors and consuls-general, who are about to leave the country for their overseas missions, at the VNA headquarters in Hanoi on July 10.

He expected that the overseas representative offices will help VNA pressmen set up ties with authorities and press agencies in their host countries, as well as provide them with information from places where the agency has yet to establish its bureaus.

The VNA leader introduced his guests to main features of the national news agency, whose staff now numbers over 2,300 working in 63 local representative offices and 30 overseas ones. It has set up ties with 40 partners all over the world.

Apart from supplying text and image reports to subscribed users, the agency has 40 different publications in both Vietnamese and foreign languages, including the electronic multi-language newspaper Vietnam Plus, the English language newspaper Viet Nam News, the Tin Tuc (News) daily, the The Thao & Van Hoa (Sports and Culture) daily, the French language Le Courrier du Vietnam weekly and the multi-language Vietnam Pictorial magazine. It also runs its own television channel – the VNEWS.

On behalf of the diplomats, Nguyen Van Thao, Ambassador to the UK and North Ireland, pledged close coordination with VNA representative offices abroad.

The guests asked for the VNA’s continued provision of news and photos to serve their popularisation works.

On the same day, the newly-appointed ambassador were received by Vu Xuan Hong, President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations, who expressed his belief that the diplomats will help further strengthen the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and other countries.-VNA