US Vice President Reaffirms US Commitment to Support Vietnam in COVID-19 Fight
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|Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan welcomed Kamala Harris, who is the highest-ranking US official to visit Vietnam since President Joe Biden took office. Photo: VNA|
US Vice President Kamala Harris on August 25 began an array of activities in Hanoi as part of her official visit to Vietnam from August 24- 26 at the invitation of Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan.
At a meeting with Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan, VP Harris affirmed that the US supports a strong, independent and prosperous Vietnam, which continues to pursue the renewal process, expand international integration, and assume an increasingly important role in ASEAN and the region.
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Following the meeting with Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan, VP Kamala Harris had a meeting with President Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
|President Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets with US Vice President Kamala Harris. Photo: VOV|
At the meeting, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed that Vietnam persists with its unwavering external policy of independent and self-reliance, and is ready to be a reliable partner, making positive contributions to peace, stability and development in the world.
Vietnam always regards the US as one of its top partners. The nation aspires to work together the US in a constant effort to strengthen the comprehensive and mutually beneficial partnership on the basis of respect for each other's sovereignty, territorial integrity and institutions, Phuc told his guest, according to the VOV.
On the occasion, the Vietnamese State leader thanked US President Joe Biden for donating 5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam through the COVAX mechanism. This demonstrates the valuable support the US has given to the Southeast Asian nation amid the current complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two leaders agreed to step up cooperative ties in a multitude of fields, especially in economics, trade, security and defence, settlement of the consequences of war, health care, and technology.
President Phuc emphasized the importance of the bilateral economic and trade system, while praising both sides for having reached agreements on the monetary policy.
He welcomed the US' decision to host the APEC Summit 2023, saying that Vietnam will work hand in hand with the US towards a successful year of APEC 2023.
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|Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (right) welcomes U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris at the Government Office, Ha Noi, Viet Nam. Photo: vietnamnet|
At noon on August 25, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh received US Vice President Kamala Harris at the Government Head Office.
The US has donated more than 5 million doses of Moderna vaccine to Vietnam out of a total of its 23 million vaccine doses for 20 Asian countries/territories.
Vietnam is among the 10 countries receiving the highest numbers of vaccine doses in this program.
US Vice President Kamala Harris is currently on a three-day visit to Vietnam. This is the first time an incumbent US Vice President has visited Vietnam.
|Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh introduced the images of the country and people of Vietnam to the Vice President of the United States.|
She attended the virtual launching ceremony for the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) office for the Southeast Asia region in Hanoi this afternoon. The office is established with the aim of promoting global health security by maintaining a sustainable presence in the region, facilitating quick and effective response against medical threats, reported the vietnamnet.
The US Vice President also witnessed the signing of land lease for the construction of a new US embassy in Hanoi.
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