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Vietnam-US relationship grows stronger than ever

November 22, 2020 | 13:00

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien shared the view that the relationship between Vietnam and the US is growing stronger than ever, during their talks in Hanoi on November 21.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (right) and US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien. Photo: VNA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien shared the view that the relationship between Vietnam and the US is growing stronger than ever, during their talks in Hanoi on November 21.

O’Brien is on a visit to Vietnam from November 20-22 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Vietnam-US diplomatic ties.

At the talks, both sides affirmed the importance Vietnam and the US attach to the bilateral comprehensive partnership based on the respect for each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and political institutions, and mutual benefits.

Minh noted his belief in the comprehensive development of the bilateral ties, ranging from politics-diplomacy to economy-trade, security-defence and people-to-people exchange.

The host hailed the activities that have been organised flexibly to mark the anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, including the maintenance of contact and the exchange of greetings between high-ranking leaders.

He thanked the US government and Department of State for their practical and timely support to Vietnam in coping with COVID-19 and settling flood consequences in the central region over the past time.

O’Brien, for his part, said the US backs a strong, independent and prosperous Vietnam, which plays an increasingly important role in the region.

The US will maintain stable relations and further cooperation with Vietnam to advance the bilateral ties in a practical, intensive, effective and sustainable fashion, thus contributing to security, peace, cooperation and development in the region and the world at large, he pledged.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien held talks in Hanoi on November 21. Photo: VNA

Minh lauded the result-oriented implementation of an action plan towards sustainable and harmonious trade balance between the two nations, and emphasised the potential for energy cooperation between the two countries.Host and guest compared notes on measures to deepen the bilateral ties in the time ahead, prioritising the early resumption of regular delegation exchanges, joint efforts in humanitarian aid and war aftermath settlement, and the facilitation of trade and investment ties based on mutual benefits.

Vietnam will create an optimal business environment for foreign firms, including those from the US, to help them successfully operate in the country, he promised.

O’Brien also commended the Vietnamese Government’s measures to boost sustainable and harmonious trade ties with the US, and welcomed the signing of many trade agreements between businesses of both sides in the past time. He affirmed support for more dialogues and consultations to build stable trade links between the two countries.

Regarding security-defence, Minh applauded collaboration between competent authorities of the two nations, including maintaining bilateral dialogue mechanisms, and increasing partnerships in search and rescue operations and humanitarian aid.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (right) and US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien. Photo: VNA

Host and guest said they were glad to see both nations’ efforts to surmount war consequences, contributing to mutual trust building.

Vietnam and other ASEAN member states will continue their support to and coordination with the US and other nations to maintain peace, security, stability, and rules-based order in the region and the world as well, Minh said.

He called on the US side to further back the ASEAN’s centrality, and promote the ASEAN-US strategic partnership and the Mekong-US partnership.

O’Brien suggested both sides step up coordination in handling common challenges, contributing to regional and global peace, stability, security and development./.

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