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|Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son joins the phone talks from Hanoi, Vietnam. (Photo: Vietnamnet)|
Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of shared concern during their phone talks on May 28, according to Nhan Dan.
Son congratulated Blinken on the US’s recent successes in curbing the COVID-19 pandemic and initially recovering the economy and thanked the US Government for practically assisting Vietnam in the coronavirus combat, especially in accessing vaccines. He highly valued Blinken's significant contributions to bilateral relations, expressing his readiness to cooperate closely with the official to further promote the Vietnam - US comprehensive partnership.
Vietnam will continue making efforts to achieve stable and harmonious trade ties with the US, and it hopes that the US will soon conclude the investigations related to the Vietnamese currency issue under Section 301, he said.
The minister also spoke highly of the US Government’s investment commitments to the Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV) so as to turn the FUV into a leading center for training high-quality human resources for not only Vietnam but also the entire region.
Congratulating Son on his recent appointment as Foreign Minister of Vietnam, Blinken affirmed that the US Department of State will coordinate with relevant agencies to further boost the two countries' bilateral relations to new heights.
He praised Vietnam for successfully chairing ASEAN in 2020 and voiced his continued support for the Southeast Asian nation in its role as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021.
|US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the State Department in Washington, April 5, 2021. (Photo: AP)|
Blinken affirmed that the US values and supports ASEAN’s central role in the region and the Mekong-US Partnership, and expects the two sides will continue to strengthen close coordination on issues of mutual concern at regional and international forums, contributing to the consolidation of peace, stability, cooperation and development in Asia - Pacific and the rest of the world, according to VOV.
The US attaches importance to and supports ASEAN’s centrality in the region and the Mekong - US partnership, Blinken said, adding that it wants both sides to continue enhancing coordination in the issues of common concern at regional and international mechanisms, thereby helping to consolidate peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the Asia-Pacific region and the world as a whole.
Blinken spoke highly of Vietnam’s swift response to COVID-19 outbreaks and assured the US will provide continued support for Vietnam in its fight against COVID-19.
Both diplomats shared the view that the Vietnam-US relationship is developing positively in many fields on the basis of respecting each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, political institutions, and mutual benefits.
They agreed to expand bilateral relations with a primary focus on economic, trade, investment cooperation, overcoming war consequences, and improving maritime capacity, as well as cooperation in other areas such as science - technology, education - training, COVID-19 pandemic prevention, response to climate change and environmental protection.
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