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PM leaves for US

Released at: 15:24, 29/05/2017

PM leaves for US

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (Photo: VGP)

High-level delegation accompanying PM on May 29-31 visit.

by Nguyen Quoc

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and a high-ranking government delegation left Hanoi on the night of May 28 for an official visit to the US from May 29-31 at the invitation of US President Donald Trump, the Vietnam News Agency reports.

This is the first official trip to the US by Mr. Phuc as Prime Minister and also the first time a senior Vietnamese leader will meet with President Trump.

PM Phuc is also the first leader from a Southeast Asia nation to be a guest of the Trump White House.

The Vietnamese delegation includes Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, Minister of Public Security Sen. Lt. Gen. To Lam, Minister and Chairman of the Office of the Government Mai Tien Dung, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh, and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, among others.

Vietnam and the US have made positive strides forward in their relations in all spheres since they set up a comprehensive partnership in July 2013 on the basis of respect for each other’s territorial integrity, political regimes, and development path, for the sake of both countries’ interests and for peace, stability and development cooperation in the region.

On December 14, 2016, PM Phuc spoke by phone with then President-elect Trump. In April, Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Minh paid an official visit to the US, during which the US side handed him a letter from President Trump inviting PM Phuc to visit the US and confirming that the President will visit Vietnam to attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting 2017 in Da Nang later this year.

After the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the White House announced the official visit by PM Phuc on May 23, the co-chairs of the US Congressional Caucus on ASEAN - Congresswoman Ann Wagner of the Republican Party and Congressman Joaquin Castro of the Democratic Party - issued statements welcoming the trip. They said they attach importance to the partnership with Vietnam and expressed their belief that the visit will enhance Vietnam-US relations and cooperation for a peaceful and prosperous Asia-Pacific.

On May 24, Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, sent a letter to PM Phuc welcoming the visit and writing that he considers it an important step in intensifying links between the two countries and a priority for the US. He also said the development of the partnership has been substantive since diplomatic ties were normalized, adding that bilateral relations are now developing more strongly than ever.

The visit by PM Phuc aims to continue realizing Vietnam’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralization, diversification foreign relations, and proactive and active integration into the world, while building on the achieved outcomes and further promoting Vietnam-US cooperation.

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