US supports Vietnam’s stance on East Sea issue, Obama says

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US President Barack Obama (C) walks with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (2nd L) as he arrives for a US-ASEAN meeting at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 21, 2015. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters US President Barack Obama (C) walks with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (2nd L) as he arrives for a US-ASEAN meeting at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 21, 2015. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

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Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on Saturday met with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Dung said that Vietnam wishes to strengthen its strategic partnership with the US and urged the country to make more active contributions to maintaining peace, stability and prosperity in the region, including the East Sea.
For his part, Obama said the two countries should continue to work closely together to adopt and effectively materialize the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.
On the East Sea issue, the US President said his country supports Vietnam’s stance, and called on Vietnam and other ASEAN member countries to have a common voice and increase coordination to settle disputes by peaceful means in line with international law and regional agreements.
The US President accepted Vietnamese Prime Minister’s invitation to visit Vietnam in the near future. No date was announced.

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