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Diplomacy essential for preserving peace: Vietnamese Party chief

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 18:05 GMT+7

Foreign affairs plays a significant role in maintaining peace, minimizing differences and conflicts, and opening doors for international cooperation, according to Vietnamese Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong.

The General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam made these remarks at the 29th Diplomatic Conference in Hanoi on Monday morning.

Held once every three years, the event was attended by 400 officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with leaders of Vietnam’s representative agencies in foreign nations, with a focus on improving foreign policies and global integration.

Speaking at the meeting, General Secretary Trong addressed the responsibilities and missions given to the country’s diplomatic sector, including leveraging external support for national development, predicting the progression of regional and international economy’s, and realizing the free trade agreements, among others.

The diplomatic sector is there to develop tight collaboration with national defense and security forces in order to contribute to the protection of  independence, unity, territorial sovereignty, peace, and stability for sustainable development, according to the Vietnamese Party chief.

He also mentioned the potential temptations faced by diplomats, asserting that one should be vigilant and courageous to battle against the corruption of morality.

Regarding the East Vietnam Sea situation, Trong reiterated Vietnam’s stance on the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law, namely the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Vietnam Sea (DOC).

Activities at bilateral and multilateral forums as well as regional and international cooperation in defense and security will also help provide a long-term solution to all differences.

According to the General Secretary, Hanoi will always defend its sovereignty and the interests of its people while maintaining an amicable environment for development.

Amid the highly competitive global situation, the diplomatic sector must be sharp in predicting a possible progression focus on strategic research, Trong continued.

He highlighted the importance of elevating Vietnam’s image, with foreign affairs agencies concentrated on promoting the country’s strengths, starting with cultural values and traditions.

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