Việt Nam and US leaders discuss bilateral relations


HÀ NỘI — Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh and US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken compared notes on measures to enhance the relationship between Việt Nam and the US in the time ahead during their meeting in Hà Nội yesterday.

The two sides also discussed co-ordination between the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US Department of State in organising the upcoming visit to Việt Nam by President Barack Obama in May.They reminisced about developments in bilateral relations since the two countries issued a Joint Vision Statement during the official visit to the US by Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng in July 2015.Minh called on the US to continue its close co-ordination with Việt Nam to deepen the two countries’ comprehensive partnership in a more pragmatic and effective fashion in order to serve their people’s interests and contribute to peace, stability, co-operation and development in the region.The host reiterated Việt Nam’s resolve to approve and effectuate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, expressing his hope that the US Congress will soon ratify the pact so that it can be put in place, thus helping enhance economic and trade ties between its member countries and promote regional development co-operation.He also called on the two countries to deepen their bilateral collaboration in the nine areas named in the Việt Nam-US Joint Statement issued in 2013, which takes development co-operation as central to the relationship.Antony Blinken, in reply, affirmed that US leaders regard the upcoming Việt Nam visit by President Barack Obama as one of the country’s most important diplomatic events in 2016.Through the visit, President Obama wishes to beef up the comprehensive co-operation between the US and Việt Nam, and learn more about the culture, history and people of the Southeast Asian nation, he said.

The US will continue to join hands with Việt Nam to foster their affiliation in trade, investment, climate change response, education-training, maritime security and post-war consequence settlement, the guest stated.He hailed Việt Nam’s determination to negotiate and accelerate the approval of the TPP agreement, saying the move has motivated the US side to swiftly adopt the deal.Mentioning the East Sea issue, Antony Blinken affirmed the US’s backing for the peaceful settlement of disputes in the sea through diplomatic channels and on the basis of international law as well as common standards, including the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and the joint statement made by US and ASEAN leaders in Sunnylands last February.

Source: Vietnam News

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