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National Conference on Local Diplomacy seeks new orientations for foreign affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on December 13 held the 20th National Conference on Local Diplomacy, with the aim of continuing to reform and increase the efficiency of foreign affairs and international integration of localities.

Speaking at the event, organised in both online and in-person forms, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son said that since the 19th conference in 2018, the world and regional situation has seen many complex and profound changes.

Under the leadership of the Party, the drastic and effective direction of the Government, and the engagement of the whole political system, localities have made great efforts to overcome difficulties and challenges in COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control, maintain and boost socio-economic development and promote international integration.

Vietnam has received timely and effective international support in terms of vaccine, medical equipment and treatment drugs to enable the whole country and localities to safely and flexibly adapt to and effectively control the pandemic, and foster socio-economic recovery and development. In addition, the country’s relations with many partners, especially neighbouring countries, important partners and traditional friends, have been further expanded and deepened, he said.

According to the minister, cultural diplomacy, information for foreign service, overseas Vietnamese-related affairs, and citizen protection have been carried out effectively and synchronously. Localities have well performed the border and territory-related work, thus helping to build borderlines of peace, friendship, cooperation and development.

Son asked participants to clarify the position, role and missions of local diplomacy in the new development stage, and mobilise external resources to serve socio-economic development, and raise the position and prestige of localities during the international integration process.

He affirmed that the diplomatic sector will continue actively grasping the demand and development situation of localities to help them implement their development strategies, planning schemes and plans effectively.

On the sidelines of the conference, a fair showcasing Vietnam’s products was held, attracting the participation of numerous local businesses./.