President Truong Tan Sang and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met outgoing US Ambassador David Shear to Vietnam in Hanoi, both praising the diplomat’s significant contributions to developing relations between the two countries.
During the talk at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday, Sang expressed his pleasure at the growing diplomatic and trade ties between Vietnam and the US over the past 20 years.
The Vietnamese leader said the two countries should maintain the exchanges of high-level delegations, adding that Vietnamese senior officials are ready to make visits to the US to deepen mutual understanding.
He also suggested that the US continue assisting Vietnam in bomb and mine clearance, contributing to overcoming the aftermath of the war.
The Vietnamese state leader also took this occasion to invite US President Barack Obama to visit Vietnam on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral diplomatic ties next year.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (R) shakes hands with US Ambassador David Shear at a reception in Hanoi on August 5. Photo credit: VNA
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told the US Ambassador Vietnam that Vietnam is willing to talk with the US side on all issues, including human rights on the basis of mutual understanding
The PM Tuesday held a reception for the Ambassador, who will end his tenure in Vietnam late this month, highly valuing the diplomat’s contributions to the development of the ties between the two countries.
According to Dung, Vietnam and the US are enjoying growing cooperation, with the raising of the bilateral relations to comprehensive partnership, rising two-way trade and sound collaboration in defense-security, education-training and unexploded ordnance clearance.
Vietnam attaches special importance to developing ties with the US in all fields, said Dung, expressing his wish that the two nations will continue enhancing economic cooperation to match their potential.
Regarding negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Dung said that once reached, the TPP will open up great opportunities for economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries.
He hopes that the US will apply a flexible stance on Vietnam during the negotiation process as Vietnam is still standing at a low development level.
In response, the US Ambassador thanked Vietnamese authorities for supporting him during his tenure here, suggesting that the two countries continue working closely to foster economic, trade and investment partnership and during TPP negotiations.
Mentioning the East Sea issue, the diplomat said that peace, security and maritime and aviation freedom and safety are of common interest of regional countries, as well as the US and the rest of the world.
Shear also lauded Vietnamese leaders’ efforts, together with other ASEAN members, to demand China to abide by international law, the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), heading to the building of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).
As Defense Secretary Assistant when he returns to the US, Ambassador David Shear said he would continue to promote relations between the two countries.
The Ambassador also said that the Boeing Company and Vietnam Airlines were stepping up their cooperation in a bid to launch direct flights between Vietnam and the US on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties next year.