External affairs officials meet in Hanoi

The 16th National Meeting of External Affair Departments was held in Hanoi on December 14 with the aim of comprehensively boosting external affairs at grassroots level during the period of international integration.

The aim was to create favourable conditions for the Foreign Ministry’s officials and Chiefs of the Vietnam Representative offices working overseas and local officials to meet and discuss a series of issues, including international cooperation and protecting sea and island sovereignty.

At the meeting, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh awarded the “For the Cause of Foreign Affairs’ insignias to a number of outstanding collective units and individuals.