Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (L) shakes hands with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, the Netherlands, on March 24 / Photo courtesy of Vietnam News Agency
US President Barack Obama said told Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung he would visit Vietnam soon as the two met on the sidelines of the third Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, the Netherlands, on Monday, Lao Dong (Labor) Newspaper reported.
Obama said he welcomed Vietnam’s contributions to previous nuclear security summits.
He underscored progress reached at the negotiation rounds of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and pledged flexible treatment for Vietnam.
He also vowed to open the US market for Vietnamese garments, footwear and farm produce.
Obama said he hoped members will conclude TPP negotiations in line with the Honolulu 2011 statement soon.
For his part, Dung reiterated his determination to work closely with the US and other TPP parties to soon conclude TPP negotiations.
He asked the US to take into account Vietnam’s core interests and support Vietnam during the negotiation process.
He also asked the US to soon recognize Vietnam as a market economy.
The same day, Dung held a series of talks with leaders of countries taking part in the summit, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.
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