Vietnam urges US Senate to support bilateral ties

By Truong Son, Thanh Nien News

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh (R) receives Bob Corker, a member of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, in Hanoi on August 4. Photo credit: Vietnam News Agency

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh urged the US Senate to support and boost bilateral economic, trade and investment ties while meeting with Bob Corker, a member of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, in Hanoi on Monday.
Minh told the US senator Vietnam expects the US to continue its flexibility and differential treatment for Vietnam during the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation process as well as continue opening its market for Vietnamese goods.
Corker supported the implementation of cooperation contents in the US-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership and said he understood Vietnam’s interests in TPP negotiation process and hoped the US, Vietnam and other countries would soon conclude TPP negotiations.
The two also discussed regional and international issues that both sides are interested in.
Minh highly praised the US Senate for raising its voice in regional and international issues to positively contribute to build peace, stability and development in the region and the world.
Corker expressed his concerns over recent developments on the East Sea, internationally known as South China Sea, and said all territorial disputes should be settled via peaceful measures and in accordance to international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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