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Biography of H.E Mr. Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam


H.E. Mr. Pham Binh Minh

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam

 

Personal
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Phạm Bình Minh was born in 1959 in Nam Dinh and married with two children.
He is a professional, experienced diplomat and has been working in the Foreign Service for nearly 35 years. He has held various important positions in his diplomatic career and built up a wide range of experience in both bilateral and multilateral diplomacy.

Education

He graduated in 1981 from the University of Diplomacy (now the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam).

He obtained a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at Fletcher School, Tufts University, the United States of America. He is fluent in English.

Career

On 13 November 2013, he was designated as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam by the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. Prior to that time, he was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam on 3 August 2011 and since then has become the 12th Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam. 

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Phạm Bình Minh was elected as an alternate member of the 10th Central Committee of the Communist Party of Viet Nam in April 2006, and became a member of the 10th Central Committee of the Communist Party of Viet Nam in January 2009. Currently, he is a member of the 11th Central Committee of the Communist Party of Viet Nam. 

He was elected as a member of the 13th National Assembly in November 2008.

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Phạm Bình Minh began his diplomatic career in 1981, when he worked as Desk Officer, the Department of Training, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam.

From 1982 to 1985, he was sent to the Embassy of Viet Nam to the United Kingdom as Attaché. Before assuming the position of Deputy Director General of the Department for International Organizations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1991 to 1999, he worked as Desk Officer, the Department for General Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1986 to 1990.

In the period of 1999-January 2003, he served as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations in New York, and Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Viet Nam in the United States of America. Back in Viet Nam in 2003, he worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Acting Director General and Director General of the Department for International Organizations, Head of Delegation for Dialogue on Human Rights with other countries. He was appointed Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs in September 2006 and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs in November 2007, then Permanent Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam until August 2011.

Awards and honours

In his diplomatic career, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Phạm Bình Minh has been conferred with many awards of high distinction, namely the Third-Class Labour Order in 2009 for excellent performance from 2002 to 2008; the National Emulation Fighter in 2010 for excellent performance in the national emulation campaign and contribution to the cause of socialist building and national defence; the Prime Minister’s Certificate of Merit in 2011 for excellent performance and contribution during Viet Nam’s Non-Permanent Membership of the United Nations Security Council, contributing to the cause of socialist building and national defence; the Prime Minister’s Certificate of Merit in 2006 for excellent performance from 2001 to 2006; and the Medal for the Diplomatic Cause in 2003 for valuable contribution to the development of Viet Nam’s diplomacy.


 

 
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