Minister of Foreign Affairs: Pham Binh Minh
Minh announced this shift of emphasis following a
meeting held by the National Assembly in Hanoi on August 3, where he was
promoted to Minister of Foreign Affairs.
He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will
turn strategic partnerships, which Viet Nam has established with a
number of countries, into concrete action while establishing strategic
partnership with other countries.
Viet Nam will participate in resolving issues of not
only national concern but also of international concern, in an effort to
maintain peace for development and increase the nation’s international
image, Minh said.
Asked about the Ministry of Foreign Affairs's policy
towards the East Sea issue, he made it clear that diplomacy was
responsible for contributing to national defence, including the task of
firmly safeguarding the national sovereignty. To maintain peace,
stability and promote relations with other countries would be the most
effective measure to defend the national sovereignty.
The newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs also
pledged to promote the national prestige in the international arena,
which has constantly increased in the recent past. He cited Viet Nam’s
World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership, its success in hosting
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum Leaders’ Meeting and competently
fulfilling the role of ASEAN chairmanship and a non-permanent member of
the UN Security Council./.