Nguyen Co Thach (middle) (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Foreign Ministry and Vietnam News
Agency Publishing House have published a photo book entitled “Diplomat Nguyen
Co Thach”, on the occasion of his 100th birth anniversary (May 15).
The bilingual 212-page book, in Vietnamese and English,
depicts his life and career in four parts: his childhood (1921-1940),
revolutionary career from 1940-1954, achievements as a talented and creative
diplomat from 1954-1998, and his noble personality.
The book also contains around 300 photos about the veteran
It is a gift in recognition of Thach’s contributions to the
cause of national construction and defence, which helps educate young
generations, particular those working in the diplomatic sector, in patriotism
and national pride.
Nguyen Co Thach was born in 1921 into a family with
revolutionary tradition in Lien Minh commune, Vu Ban district, the northern
province of Nam Dinh. During his engagement in revolutionary struggle, he drew
rich experience and took initiatives to overcome challenges. He used to take
important positions such as a member of the Politburo, Vice Chairman of the
Council of Ministers and Foreign Minister, leaving a profound imprint on the
Vietnamese diplomatic sector in modern time.
Not trained as a diplomat, Thach was appointed as Vietnamese
Consul General in India for the first time in 1956. He then was considered an
“outsider” and had to communicate via an interpreter. But he quickly learnt to speak
and write English fluently. By 1973, he had already become known among
international diplomats after demonstrating excellent negotiating skills during
rounds of negotiations on Paris Agreement ending the Vietnam War.
Following national reunification, the period from 1979-1991
was one of the most challenging for the Vietnamese diplomacy when the country
was under embargo. With a strategic vision, Thach made outstanding
contributions via offering advices to the Party and State about measures to break
the embargo, outline a new diplomatic strategy and economic policies in service
of national reform.
Throughout over six decades of active revolutionary
activities, in any position, Thach always demonstrated the spirit of a loyal
and mettlesome communist soldier who worked all for national benefits, and successfully
fulfilled assigned tasks. He has left fine impressions on Vietnamese comrades,
families and international friends. In daily life, he was a simple and humane person
with deep affection for the family and homeland./.