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US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo congratulated Vietnam on its National Day (September 2), hailing the transformation of the relationship between the two countries and appreciating the Southeast Asian nation’s close coordination in the fight against COVID-19.
“On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I send congratulations to the people of Vietnam as you celebrate your National Day,” Pompeo was quoted as saying in a press statement.
He said Vietnam and the US commemorates the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the bilateral diplomatic relations in 2020.
“The remarkable transformation of our relationship, across trade and investment, security cooperation, and people-to-people ties, is a testament to those who worked to overcome the past and build a better future for both our peoples,” he noted.
Pompeo added that the two countries recently signed an agreement that will bring Peace Corps volunteers to Vietnam for the first time ever, which, he said, is “a significant and symbolic milestone” in this historic year for the two countries.
“We commend Vietnam for its successful Chairmanship of ASEAN in this challenging year, and we appreciate your close coordination in the fight against COVID-19,” he wrote.
“As we work together to build a more peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region, I extend best wishes to the people of Vietnam,” Pompeo said.
|US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo (Photo: AFP/VNA)|
In July, the Secretary also issued a statement on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic (1995-2020).
“Over the last quarter century, our two countries have built a partnership and friendship founded on shared interests, mutual respect, and people-to-people ties. Our everyday interactions are highlighted by increasing trade and investment ties, strategic cooperation, and collaboration on humanitarian and legacy of war issues, including the solemn duty of accounting for our wartime missing.”
In recent years, he said, the two countries have strengthened and expanded the Comprehensive Partnership, based on a shared vision of a stable and peaceful Indo-Pacific region, as well as respect for each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political systems.
The US is committed to making the next 25 years of bilateral ties a model of international cooperation and partnership, the Secretary affirmed./.
The Governments of the US and Vietnam have worked together to expedite the delivery of made-in-Vietnam personal protective equipment to the US, the Viet Nam New Agency reported.
The first of two initial shipments of over 450,000 DuPont protective suits departed Hanoi on April 7.
The US Department of Health and Human Services contracted with FedEx Express to expedite delivery of the suits to the US Strategic National Stockpile in order to address the urgent need for protective equipment for frontline providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the US.
The US and Vietnamese governments have cooperated extensively in the COVID-19 fight. Since the beginning of this crisis, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have been collaborating with Vietnamese officials to monitor and respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation.
The highlight of the ceremony was a ballet based on Vietnam’s 18th century poetic masterpiece ‘Tale of Kieu’ by celebrated poet Nguyen Du.
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