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US considers Vietnam an important partner

Released at: 14:22, 27/12/2017

US considers Vietnam an important partner

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New US ambassador meets PM on December 26.

by Quang Huy

The United States considers Vietnam as one of its important partners not only in the region but also in the world, newly-accredited US Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Daniel Kritenbrink, has said.

At a meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on December 26, Ambassador Kritenbrink, who took office in early November, said his major task is to strengthen and expand cooperative ties between the two countries.

The ambassador noted that economic and trade cooperation is a pillar in bilateral relations, which are developing rapidly, and expressed a hope to work with Vietnam to fully address the challenges and make use of the opportunities to promote bilateral relations.

The US will continue to support Vietnam in a wide range of issues, including enhancing maritime capacity and the clearance of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and promoting people-to-people diplomacy.

The ambassador also congratulated Vietnam on its successful organization of the APEC Economic Leaders Week and conveyed US President Donald Trump’s thanks for Vietnam’s warm welcome when he visited the country in November.

Prime Minster Phuc urged the ambassador to promote the exchange of high-level delegations and prompt the US Government to actively handle issues proposed by Vietnam to develop bilateral cooperative relations.

Recalling his official visit to Washington in May, the PM said the two sides discussed and agreed on many measures to strengthen the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership.

Vietnam has been actively implementing already-agreed measures, including those to balance bilateral trade, he said.

PM Phuc wished the US Ambassador a successful tenure in Vietnam, affirming that the Vietnamese Government would coordinate with the US to strengthen the rapport between the countries.

The US is now Vietnam’s third-largest trading partner, after China and South Korea, with bilateral trade reaching $46.5 billion between January and November. It is also the country with which Vietnam records its highest trade surplus.

During his official visit to Vietnam last month after attending the APEC Summit, President Trump praised Vietnam’s fast-growing economy and witnessed the signing of trade agreements worth around $12 billion.

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