Vietnam's President Truong Tan Sang (left) receiving the US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius in Hanoi on December 16, 2014. Photo credit: Vietnam Plus
Ted Osius, the newly-accredited US Ambassador to Vietnam met with President Truong Tan Sang on Tuesday to present his credentials and begin his term in Hanoi.
President Sang said Vietnam welcomed Osius and the US House of Representatives’ support for the peaceful resolution of maritime territorial disputes in the East Sea (South China Sea).
President Sang also lauded the US’s move to open its door to several Vietnamese fruits next year and expressed his hope that the two sides will complete negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
He said Vietnam is anticipating US President Barack Obama’s visit next year and asked US Ambassador Ted Osius to pass along an invitation to former President Bill Clinton and his family.
The US Ambassador said President Barack Obama highly values America's relationship with Vietnam.
Osius thanked Vietnam for supporting the Fulbright program and suggested that the country continue supporting English-teaching activities here.
He expressed his hope that both sides will continue their joint efforts for the early conclusion of TPP negotiations.
The 20th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral relations in 2015 will provide a good opportunity for Vietnam and the US to boost their partnership, Osius said.
Osius arrived in Hanoi along with his mother, his partner Clayton and their son Tabo on the evening of December 15.
US Ambassador Ted Osius holds his son Tabo in his arms as they arrived at Noi Bai airport
in Hanoi on December 15, 2014. Photo credit: Lao Dong
From right to left: US Ambassador Ted Osius, his mother, his partner Clayton and their son Tabo at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi on December 15, 2014. Photo credit: Lao Dong
Clayton Bond, Ted Osius's partner, holds son Tabo in his arms. Bond is an officer with the US Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs. Photo credit: Lao Dong
Upon arriving at Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport, the US Ambassador made the following remarks in Vietnamese.
“Returning to Vietnam this time has made my dream come true. My family and I are very happy to be here,” said Osius.
“Coming from the tradition of 'descendants of a Dragon and a Fairy,' Vietnam has created firm wings from which to ascend. The government and people of the United States are ready to give Vietnam more strength to fly even higher and further,” he said.
“A Vietnam that is strong, prosperous and independent, and that respects rule of law and human rights, was, is and will be an indispensable friend of the United States. We will soon celebrate 20 years of friendly US-Vietnam relations,” he added.