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|Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held phone talks with US President Donald Trump in Hanoi on May 6 at the request of the US side. Source: VGP|
According to VGP, President Trump spoke highly of Vietnam’s capacity to cope with the COVID-19 outbreaks and extended thanks to the Southeast Asian country for having facilitated transportation of medical supplies and donated face masks to the US.
He announced that the US is ready to present ventilators to support COVID-19 patient treatment in Vietnam, suggesting both countries should strengthen cooperation in the fight against the virus.
Trump took the occasion to express his regret at the cancellation of the US-ASEAN Special Summit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying he wishes to further foster partnership with ASEAN in the time to come.
During the phone conversation at the request of the American side, PM Phuc extended sympathies to the American people during this hard time, expressing his belief that President Trump and his administration will soon contain the pandemic and restart the economy.
Phuc highly valued President Trump’s goodwill to donate ventilators to Vietnam as well as bilateral cooperation in combating the pandemic.
He also thanked the US for having provided financial support to ASEAN countries, including USD 10 million for Vietnam to improve its healthcare capacity and aid post-pandemic economic recovery.
The two leaders were glad at the practical advancements of the Vietnam-US ties across all fields, from politics-diplomacy, economy-trade, security-defense to overcoming war aftermath.
They also expressed their pleasure at the growth of the bilateral trade in the first quarter this year, in which the US exports to Vietnam rose by 17 per cent against the same period last year.
The pair agreed to continue beefing up economic and trade cooperation and expanding market access to their products.
Both sides exchanged on measures to further deepen the bilateral ties, especially on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, thus making practical contributions to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region.
President Trump affirmed that the US attaches importance to the comprehensive partnership with Vietnam, noting that the bilateral ties have advanced robustly over the last 25 years and will continue to develop soundly in the coming time.
Earlier on March 26 and April 28, the two leaders exchanged letters on COVID-19.
Also on May 6, at the request of the US side, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held phone talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during which they agreed that the Vietnam-US relations continue maintaining the positive development on various aspects, especially economy-trade, reported VNA.
They also agreed to closely coordinate to organise and implement cooperation activities on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties in 2020, thereby further deepening the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership.
Pompeo spoke highly of Vietnam’s role in responding to common challenges, and agreed to increase coordination to promote the ties between ASEAN and the US during the time when Vietnam serves as the ASEAN 2020 Chair and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Both sides also discussed international and regional issues of common concern./.
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