State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses the meeting.

The President emphasised that in the complicated and unpredictable external environment, the diplomatic sector has closely followed the Party's guidelines and the direction of General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong at the National Conference on Foreign Affairs in December last year, and closely coordinated with the defense and security sectors to safeguard the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and properly handle border and territorial issues.

It has also worked well in promoting dialogues, negotiations and cooperation to solve relevant disputes on the basis of international law, he stressed.

The diplomatic sector has also implemented synchronously the three external pillars, significantly contributing to the country’s foreign affairs achievements; and consolidating the peaceful, stable and favorable environment for national and socio-economic development, he stressed.

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He applauded efforts and initiatives made by the diplomatic sector to further deepen the relationship between Vietnam and foreign partners amid difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The vaccine diplomacy has contributed to enhancing the image of the country and people of Vietnam, helping Vietnam rise to the world's leading rate of vaccination coverage, thereby creating a foundation for economic recovery, he affirmed.

Meanwhile, the economic diplomacy has helped Vietnam take advantage of new-generation free trade agreements (FTAs) in order to promote economic recovery and growth, and facilitate Vietnam’s participation in global supply chains.

Work on overseas Vietnamese affairs and citizen protection has been strongly implemented, including ensuring the safe evacuation of citizens from areas affected by conflicts, natural disasters and pandemics across the world, the President said.

Besides, he pointed out the sector's recent shortcomings, asking to seriously handle the issues.

State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and key cadres of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a joint photo

The sector should continue to identify the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance as a major and important policy in order to safeguard the country early, from afar, he said, asking for the close and effective coordination among the three pillars of Party, State and people diplomacy, strengthening the political trust and deepening the relationship with partners, especially neighboring, major and traditional countries.

The sector also needs to further strengthen the protection of citizens; enhance research, forecasting and strategic consultation works, he said.

The president affirmed that the Party and State always pay attention to supporting the sector in successfully performing the noble cause of foreign affairs.

Source: VNA