Chairwoman of the National Assembly (NA) Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan hosted a reception for Ambassadors and heads of Vietnamese representative missions abroad on October 22.
Several ambassadors took the occasion to praise the importance and efficiency of parliamentary diplomacy, as it has helped promote the country’s integration and development, increase relations between the representative offices with the host countries, and build the image of a Vietnam of integration and development.
Ambassadors to the EU said they are well aware of their responsibility for bringing into full play opportunities brought about by the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA).
Speaking at the meeting, Ngan appreciated the closer and smoother coordination between the Foreign Ministry with the NA’s external activities, thus contributing to promoting the legislative body’s leading role in major multilateral diplomatic events, with the NA’s successful term as Chair of the 41st General Assembly of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA-41) an outstanding example.
She affirmed that the NA and its offices pay attention to and support external work in general and external activities of the Foreign Ministry and the Vietnamese representative offices abroad in particular.
She asked the diplomats to uphold their responsibility and follow the guidelines and policies of the Party and State to better external work, and at the same time coordinate closely with NA offices in charge of external affairs to intensify parliamentary diplomacy.
As the representatives of the Vietnamese State in foreign countries, the diplomats should truly become bridges connecting Vietnam with their host countries to boost bilateral relations and increase the nation’s position and prestige in the eyes of international friends, Ngan said.