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PM delighted with Vietnam-US relations

Released at: 12:00, 14/01/2017

PM delighted with Vietnam-US relations

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Meeting with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc spoke highly of the former's contributions to normalizing and promoting bilateral ties between Vietnam and the US.

by QuocUy

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry in Hanoi on January 13.

The PM expressed his delight at the development of the relationship between Vietnam and the US, especially since the establishment of the comprehensive partnership in 2013, and believes the two countries will further strengthen their stable, long-term, practical and effective ties based on respecting each other’s institutions and roadmap towards national development. 

The Prime Minister was quoted by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) as saying that the two sides need to devise a plan to continue maintaining cooperation, including facilitating exchanges and conducting joint work in post-war recovery and expanding other areas of cooperation. 

He reiterated the invitation to US President-elect Donald Trump to visit and attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit to be hosted by Vietnam later this year, and spoke highly of Mr. Kerry’s contributions to normalizing and promoting bilateral ties between the two countries over the decades. 

The PM affirmed that Vietnam will continue partnering with the new US administration to push forward the stable, long-standing, practical and effective bilateral ties.

Secretary Kerry said he believes the new administration will continue the policy of strengthening ties with the region, including Vietnam, and vowed to be a friend of Vietnam and its people. 

Sharing the view that the Fulbright University Vietnam is one of the outstanding examples of Vietnam-US ties, PM Phuc and Mr. Kerry committed to speeding up the project.

Earlier on the same day, Vietnam’s acting Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and Mr. Kerry held talks in Hanoi, during which the two sides spoke of measures to enhance the comprehensive partnership in the future. 

According to VNA, Mr. Son asked the US to soon recognize Vietnam as a market economy, open the door wider to Vietnamese goods, and reduce trade barriers. 

He also called on the US to prioritize cooperation in addressing the consequences of war, especially dioxin decontamination at Da Nang and Bien Hoa airports, and to effectively implement the Joint Vision Statement on Defense Cooperation signed in 2015 and the Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation signed in 2011. 

Regarding regional and international issues, Mr. Son underlined the significance of the ASEAN-US Strategic Partnership, stressing that Vietnam is willing to coordinate with the US to increase the central role of ASEAN and assist the bloc in building a regional architecture in the 21st century. 

Regarding the East Sea, the two sides stressed the need to abide by international law and legal and diplomatic processes to settle disputes to maintain peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation at sea. 

Mr. Kerry expressed his pleasure to return to Vietnam. He was quoted by VNA as saying that the two countries’ relations have developed well in many facets over the last 20 years. 

He reiterated the US’s commitment to respecting Vietnam’s political institutions, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and in supporting Vietnam to host the APEC Summit 2017. 

The US is willing to provide more assistance to Vietnam to cope with climate change, especially in developing clean energy, building sustainable infrastructure, and managing water resources and ecological systems, and in accelerating the implementation of dioxin detoxification at Da Nang and Bien Hoa airports. 

He noted that the official operation of the Fulbright University Vietnam will contribute to developing high-quality human resources in Vietnam. 

He also supported the central role of ASEAN and stressed that the US will continue coordinating with the association to strengthen intra-bloc solidarity and promote the ASEAN-US strategic partnership 

The US also advocated the settlement of disputes in the East Sea via peaceful means and legal and diplomatic processes on the basis of international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). 

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