Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh briefed the press on Vietnam’s foreign relations achievements last year and major activities for this year at a regular press conference in Hanoi on January 12.
He cited several major events hosted by Vietnam in 2016, including the seventh Ayeyawady-Chao Phreaya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Summit, the eighth Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam Summit, and the first World Economic Forum on Mekong Region.
|Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh.
Vietnam was elected for the first time to serve on the UN’s Law Commission last year and welcomed nearly 30 heads of state.
The country enhanced its active role in building the ASEAN Community, while showing strong performance as a member of UN agencies such as the Human Rights Council, Socio-Economic Council, and UNESCO Executive Board, the official said.
Vietnam has set up strategic partnership with 15 countries and comprehensive partnership with 10 countries, including all world powers and the five members of the UN Security Council.
With the finalization and continuous negotiations of 16 free trade agreements, it has enforced free trade deals with 60 partners that account for 90% of the world’s GDP and 80% of global trade, he said.
He reiterated Vietnam’s unwavering policy of promoting comprehensive and in-depth international integration and becoming an attractive investment and tourism destination.
The spokesperson said the country will continue to give priority to comprehensive and intensive international integration, aiming to introduce to the world a dynamic economy, a beautiful country with rich culture, tradition, tangible and intangible cultural heritage of humankind, and an attractive destination for investment, business and tourism.
Vietnam’s hosting of the APEC Year this year will be the top external event in 2017 in addition to the 40th anniversary of Vietnam’s participation in the UN, and ASEAN’s 50th founding anniversary, Binh added.