Vietnam deputy PM begins US visit

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Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc began a nine-day visit to the US Wednesday as the head of a delegation to boost mutual understanding, trust, and cooperation between the two countries, the government website reported.


He is scheduled to meet with several politicians and officials from the Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator and the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and tour some drug rehabilitation centers.


The delegation will take part in the Vietnam Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Kennedy School consisting of regular discussion sessions and seminars, applied research, and a guided policy dialogue program for senior Vietnamese officials.


Last month President Truong Tan Sang paid a three-day visit to the US, marking a milestone in bilateral relations.


After a meeting between Sang and his US counterpart Barack Obama, the two sides said they had established a comprehensive partnership which would create opportunities for co-operation in various fields.


Among other things, they pledged to promote negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which, when concluded, would increase bilateral trade and US foreign direct investment in Vietnam and facilitate Vietnamese exports to the US.


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