US senator meets with Ho Chi Minh City's leaders

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The US hopes to work together with Vietnam and related countries to seek peaceful measures for the East Sea's disputes, Senator James Webb said at a meeting with Ho Chi Minh City's leaders Monday.

At the meeting with Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, chairwoman of the city's People's Council, Webb also said there was consent among the US Congress about protests against provocative actions in the East Sea.

He said the US will strengthen the two countries' cooperation as well.

The meeting was part of Webb's visit to Vietnam on August 20-24.  Vietnam is the last destination of Webb's visit to the Southeast Asia.

Webb, who leads the US Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, previously visited Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.

Also on Monday, Webb visited Hanoi, where he met with President Truong Tan Sang and several leaders of Vietnam's National Assembly. He met with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ho Xuan Son and leaders of various ministries as well.

In June, the US Senate adopted a resolution criticizing China's use of force in the East Sea in May and June. The resolution was introduced by Webb and several other senators.

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