Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh met with Evan Medeiros, Special Assistant to US President Barack Obama, in Hanoi on Monday (July 14).
Medeiros, who serves as the Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, was in town seeking measures to develop the United States' comprehensive partnership with Vietnam.
Minh welcomed the visit and said he was satisfied with the positive progress of Vietnam-US relations in various areas and their collaboration at regional and international forums.
Since the two countries established their ‘comprehensive partnership’ a year ago, bilateral ties have developed in many areas, he said.
Medeiros told Minh his visit was arranged by President Obama and sought to boost bilateral ties as well as cooperation related to several regional and international issues that both countries are interested in, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the security situation in the South China Sea.
The visit specifically aimed to seek measures to develop the comprehensive partnership between the two countries in the near future to ensure peace, stability, cooperation and development in Asia-Pacific and the world.
Also on Monday, Deputy Defense Minister Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh held a reception for Medeiros in Hanoi.
Vinh said following the establishment of the comprehensive partnership in 2013, the two countries’ defense cooperation has seen fresh developments in personnel training, the sharing of experience in humanitarian aid, disaster response, and navigation security and safety.
Medeiros agreed that both sides need to increase the exchange of information and high-ranking military delegations and effectively carry out the signed memorandum of understanding on bilateral defence.
At the meeting, the officials also agreed to accelerate the settlement of the aftermath of war in Vietnam, the Vietnam News Agency reported.