Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh meets US Secretary of State during visit to Washington, D.C.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh held talks on March 30 with US Secretary of State John Kerry on measures to strengthen the two countries’ Comprehensive Partnership and prepare for the visit to Vietnam of President Barack Obama.
The talks took place during Mr. Minh’s visit to the US to attend the 2016 Nuclear Industry Summit (NIS 2016) in Washington, D.C.
Vietnam attaches great importance to the Comprehensive Partnership with the US, Mr. Minh said, and hails the two sides’ efforts in realizing areas of cooperation bringing mutual benefit and contributing to international and regional peace, stability, cooperation and development.
Vietnamese leaders and people are very much looking forward to President Obama’s visit, he said.
Mr. Kerry confirmed that President Obama hopes to enhance cooperation and deepen the Comprehensive Partnership in areas such as economics, trade, investment, climate change, and science and technology.
He expressed a desire that the two countries quickly establish mechanisms to promote people-to-people exchanges and confirmed that the US will continue its assistance to Vietnam in overcoming the effects of Agent Orange.
Secretary Kerry also proposed the two sides accelerate cooperation in maritime security, committing US assistance for Vietnam to improve the capacity of its maritime police force.
The US will also take measures to help Vietnam overcome the consequences of drought and salt water intrusion, he added.
President Obama and his administration value the effort of Vietnam and other members in concluding the TPP negotiations, regarding it as a joint effort in establishing a more favorable environment for members’ enterprises, especially small and medium-sized enterprises.
The US has committed to ratifying the TPP this year, recognizing Vietnam as a market economy, providing technical assistance to the country in implementing the TPP, and facilitating the performance of Vietnamese agencies in the US.
Mr. Minh and Mr. Kerry also discussed issues of international and regional concern, including the East Sea issue.
The US will continue to advocate efforts to ensure maritime security and safety, addressing disputes with legal process and peaceful measures based on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 and the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).