President Trump will visit Vietnam for the November APEC Leaders meeting, in response to Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang’s invitation, U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson and National Security Council (NSC) Advisor McMaster confirmed to Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh during his official visit to Washington on Apr 20-21 . NSC Advisor McMaster also conveyed President Trump’s invitation to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to visit the U.S.
Viet Nam and the US should sustain and strengthen economic and trade links, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said, describing these links as key to bilateral relations.
He reaffirmed Viet Nam’s consistent foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralization of relations, and international integration. Viet Nam and the US boast great potential to strengthen cooperation, he said, suggesting the two sides expand links in education, training, science-technology, security-defense, and humanity, and in overcoming the consequences of war.
State Secretary Tillerson and Advisor McMaster highlighted the flourishing development of Viet Nam-US ties in recent times, expressing their belief that the relationship will become stronger. The new US administration attaches importance to and supports its Comprehensive Partnership with Viet Nam, they stressed, adding that the two sides need to enhance exchange of all-level visits to foster cooperation. Tillerson affirmed that his country would work with Viet Nam to ensure that the APEC 2017 will bring about practical results.
While comparing notes on regional and international issues, Tillerson and McMaster underlined the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security, safety, and freedom of navigation in the East Sea. The US backs the settlement of disputes in the sea by peaceful measures based on diplomatic and legal processes, in line with international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), they stressed.
In a recent meeting with President Tran Dai Quang, U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius said that Viet Nam-US relations have been developing positively on bilateral, regional and international aspects.
Ambassador Osius also emphasized that President Donald Trump, in a letter dated Feb 23, affirmed his wish to boost cooperation with Viet Nam and work with the regional countries to ensure peace and prosperity in Asia-Pacific on the basis of international law, according to Ambassador Ted Osius.
Vietnam’s President Quang highly valued President Donald Trump’s position as it would help boost the bilateral ties and contribute to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region.
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DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND FOREIGN MINISTER PHAM BINH MINH VISITS THE UNITED STATES
Leaders ready to work with President Donald Trump to sustain pace of ties