27/08/2021 10:01 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

New chapters in Vietnam - US ties

US Vice President Kamala Harris’s visit to Vietnam at the invitation of her Vietnamese counterpart Vo Thi Anh Xuan has wrapped up successfully with specific and practical outcomes. 

Vietnamese Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan on August 25 hosted the welcoming ceremony for and received US Vice President Kamala Harris. She was the first US vice president to visit Vietnam since diplomatic relations were established in 1995.

US is always one of leading important partners of Vietnam: President

Vietnam always considers the US as one of its leading partners, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc said while receiving US Vice President Kamala Harris in Hanoi on August 25.

Vietnam wants to work with the US to continue developing the bilateral relations in a practical, effective and stable manner, on the principle of respecting each other's independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and political institutions for peace, stability and development cooperation in the region and the world at large, he said.


Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on August 25 had a reception for
US Vice President Kamala Harris during her visit to Vietnam. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA



President Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives US Vice President Kamala Harris. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA



Vietnamese Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan receives her US counterpart Kamala Harris. Photo: Trong Duc/VNA
Vietnam welcomes the US’s decision to host the 2023 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting, he said, adding that Vietnam will work closely with the country to make the APEC Year 2023 a success.

For her part, Harris reaffirmed that the US supports a strong, independent and prosperous Vietnam that continues to innovate itself, expand international integration, and plays an increasingly important role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the region.

The US attaches importance to its relations with Vietnam and hopes that the visit will contribute to further promoting the comprehensive partnership between the two nations, she stressed.
The US has donated an additional one million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Vietnam through COVAX mechanism. The one million doses arrived in Vietnam during 24hours. 

The two leaders held that Vietnam and the US share many similarities and see huge room for bilateral cooperation in such fields as economy - trade - investment, security - defence, overcoming war consequences, health care, education and science - technology.

They affirmed that the two countries share common concerns regarding climate change response and agreed to strengthen cooperation in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and stepping up post-pandemic recovery.
On this occasion, President Phuc conveyed the regards of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to US President Joe Biden. The Party and State leaders of Vietnam invited the US President to visit Vietnam in the near future.

The US Vice President appreciated Vietnam's efforts to control the pandemic and announced that the US would provide an additional 1 million doses of vaccine to support the country’s COVID-19 fight.

She suggested that the two sides work closely to support their businesses, especially big groups, to continue maintaining production supply chains and avoid any interruptions due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harris also thanked Vietnam for helping the US in searching for American servicemen missing in the war.

President Phuc said he was glad to know that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the establishment of its Southeast Asia Office located in Hanoi and applauded the US’s commitment to increase the budget for overcoming war consequences.

The two leaders welcomed the official signing of a land lease contract for the construction of the new headquarters of the US Embassy in Hanoi and a contract to lease property in Washington D.C. as the new headquarters of the Vietnamese Embassy in the US.
President Phuc applauded the US for strengthening cooperation with the region and supporting the intra-bloc solidarity and central role of ASEAN. He proposed the US enhance collaboration with ASEAN as well as promote the ASEAN-US strategic partnership, the US-Mekong partnership, and the Friends of the Lower Mekong.

The two sides agreed to intensify cooperation within the frameworks of the United Nations as well as other multilateral forums; and support the guaranteeing of security, safety, freedom of navigation and overflight, and the peaceful settlement of all disputes in the East Sea on the basis of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, as well as the early finalisation of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) in accordance with international law.

On this occasion, President Phuc conveyed the regards of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to US President Joe Biden. The Party and State leaders of Vietnam invited the US President to visit Vietnam in the near future.

PM: Vietnam treasures ties with US

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has affirmed that Vietnam treasures ties with the US and wants to foster bilateral comprehensive partnership in a practical, effective and stable manner, for the sake of peace, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

During a reception in Hanoi on August 25 for US Vice President Kamala Harris, Chinh wished the US would continue assisting Vietnam in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, including creating favourable conditions for Pfizer to speed up the delivery of more vaccines to Vietnam this year.

Emphasising that Vietnam considers economy-trade a pillar and driving force of Vietnam – US ties, he suggested both sides enhance coordination in the framework of the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) while considering the possibility of establishing a new economic-trade cooperation framework.


Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on August 25 had a reception for
US Vice President Kamala Harris during her visit to Vietnam. Photo: Duong Giang/VNA



Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh receives US Vice President Kamala Harris during her visit to Vietnam. Photo: Duong Giang/VNA

 
Vietnam always creates conditions for US firms to do business in Vietnam, Chinh said, wishing that the US would also offer support to Vietnamese enterprises in the country, thus creating a balance in bilateral trade and investment.

The host spoke highly of the US’s long-term commitments to overcoming post-war consequences in Vietnam, and proposed the US accelerate the implementation of detoxification project at Bien Hoa airport and increase budget to support Vietnam’s development.

According to him, Vietnam has huge demand for joint work in education-training, human resources development, science-technology, health care, biotechnology and space for civil purpose.
Two-way trade turnover between Vietnam and the US in the first 7 months of 2021 reached 62.5 billion US dollars (up 32.8% over the same period in 2020).

Harris, for her part, stressed that the US treasures comprehensive partnership with Vietnam on the basis of respecting for each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and political institutions, and not interfering into internal affairs of each other.

She reaffirmed that the US supports a strong, independent and prosperous Vietnam and pledged to continue fostering bilateral ties more extensively, stably and firmly in the near future.


During the visit, US Vice President Kamala Harris on August 25 attended the launching ceremony
of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Southeast Asia Regional Office in Hanoi.
In the photo: The US Vice President delivers a speech at the launching ceremony of the US’s CDC regional office in Hanoi. Photo: Lam Khanh/VNA



Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh speaks at the launching ceremony
of the US CDC Southeast Asia Regional Office in Hanoi. Photo: Lam Khanh/VNA



Delegates attend the launching ceremony of the US CDC Southeast Asia Regional Office in Hanoi via video conference. Photo: Lam Khanh/VNA


US Vice President Kamala Harris and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh
at the launching ceremony of the US CDC Southeast Asia Regional Office in Hanoi. Photo: Lam Khanh/VNA



Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long speaks at the launching ceremony
of the US CDC Southeast Asia Regional Office in Hanoi. Photo: Lam Khanh/VNA



On the occasion, the US Vice President on August 25 witnessed the signing of a lease for a new US Embassy campus in Hanoi. Photo: VNA



The signing ceremony of the lease for a new US Embassy campus in Hanoi. Photo: VNA


US President Kamala Harris on August 26 attended a press conference to announce the outcomes of her visit to Vietnam. Photo: VNA

The guest affirmed that the US will continue offering practical support to Vietnam to effectively cope with the pandemic and the risks of other epidemics in the future. She informed that the US will deliver 1 million doses of Pfizer vaccine to Vietnam in the next 24 hours.
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh on behalf of the Government of Vietnam attended the launching ceremony of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Southeast Asia Regional Office in Hanoi held by the US Embassy in Vietnam. 

The US Government will continue giving priority to reinforcing bilateral ties in economy-trade, climate change, civil space, health care and pharmaceuticals, she said, adding that the US will offer further assistance to Vietnam in dealing with post-war consequences, United Nations peacekeeping missions, improving maritime security and development cooperation.

On regional and global issues, both sides underscored ASEAN’s central role in the East Sea, Mekong and Myanmar issues as well as the principle of respecting international law in dealing with regional issues, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, ensuring security, safety, and freedom of navigation and aviation.

The host said Vietnam expects to welcome the US Vice President again when the pandemic is under control. Harris also wished to travel back to Vietnam when possible./.

By VNA/VNP

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