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|Iranian Ambassador Ali Akbar Nazari (R) presents his credentials to Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong on January 22. Photo: VNA|
Following the presentation, the President hosted a reception for the ambassadors - Maria del Pilar Mendez Jimenez of Spain, Ali Akbar Nazari of Iran, and Meynardo Los Banos Montealegre of the Philippines.
At the meeting, Trong highlighted the important friendship and cooperative role of the Ambassadors between Vietnam and these nations, asserting that the Vietnamese State always creates favorable conditions for these Ambassadors to successfully realize their tasks.
Vietnam consistently implements the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, cooperation and development; openness, diversification, multilateralization of international relations and willing to be a reliable partner of all the nations in the world.
He expressed his belief that during their term, with the high sense of responsibility and warm sentiment towards Vietnam, the diplomats will excellently fulfill their duties so as to help further enhance their nations’ ties with Vietnam.
He also hoped that they will have good impression of the country and people of Vietnam during their stay here, wishing Vietnam’s friendship and cooperation with Spain, Iran, and the Philippines will witness new strides in the future.
Informing his guests about the upcoming 13th National Party Congress – a significant political event of the Vietnamese Party, Sate, and people, Trong highlighted the ambassadors’ role in linking Vietnam with the countries and promoting international friends, partners, and community’s cooperation with and support for Vietnam to achieve strategic targets of the new development period.
|Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong (front, right) and Spanish Ambassador Maria del Pilar Mendez Jimenez at the credential presentation on January 22. Photo: VNA|
|Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong (front, right) and Ambassador Meynardo Los Banos Montealegre of the Philippines at the credential presentation on January 22. Photo: VNA|
In 2020, Vietnam’s relations with countries, especially neighbouring and important partners, have been promoted with regular online meetings at all levels. Vietnamese leaders conducted 34 bilateral phone talks and online meetings with leaders of various countries, while safely implementing important delegation exchanges, stated Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in his article entitled “Vietnam external relations in 2020: mettle and new posture” released on the occasion of the New Year 2021.
Vietnam provided assistance in masks, medical equipment and finance to 51 countries and international organisations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while actively supporting countries and partners facing difficulties. Meanwhile, the country has also received help from many countries and international organisations in the fight. Vietnam’s pandemic response model has been hailed by the international community.
The country successfully performed the roles of ASEAN 2020 Chair, 41st AIPA President, and non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure.
Vietnam successfully escorted ASEAN through many challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, while organising the 36th and 37th ASEAN Summits and many other meetings in the online format. As many as 80 documents, the record number, were approved, with a focus on building the ASEAN Community, promoting the mid-term review of the ASEAN Community Blueprint 2025, reviewing the ASEAN Charter, and building an ASEAN Community Post-2025 Vision.
In the first year in the role of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Vietnam showed the image of a responsible country upholding international law and working hard to seek consensus and solutions to conflicts, while giving many initiatives.
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