Vietnam party leader puts national interests first in diplomacy

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Vietnam's Party Secretary made national interests a top priority at a diplomatic conference that began in Hanoi on Monday.

Nguyen Phu Trong said at Vietnam's 27th diplomatic conference that national interests will always have the top position in the country's diplomatic policies.

Trong said diplomatic agencies need to follow independent, cooperative and peaceful policies, developing multilateral relations with the principle that the nation's interests come first.

The agencies are asked to focus on better studies to specify Vietnam's routine in world integration, suggest measures to promote its roles in regional and global mechanisms, and provide more support to Vietnamese overseas in an attempt to protect the country's sovereignty and political stability.

Several Chinese reports recently expressed demands to solve the East Sea dispute with violence.

Vietnam's ambassador in China Nguyen Van Tho told the media on the sidelines of the conference that the reports did not reflect the agreements between the countries' leaders.

Tho said Vietnam's diplomats have asked the China government to intervene.

Le Hoai Trung, head of Vietnam's standing delegation at the United Nations, also told the media that Vietnam's opinions about solving the East Sea dispute with peaceful negotiations have received applause from most countries.

"Vietnam's peaceful policies are relevant to the UN's goals and the common wishes of most countries," Trung said.

The conference will last until December 19.

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