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The 20th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-US diplomatic ties (12/7/1995 - 12/7/2015)
The Vietnamese – US 20-year relationship

The 12th of July will mark the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the US, so the US Embassy in Hanoi organised a ceremony to commemorate the event on July 2 with the participation of Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and former US President Bill Clinton who officially announced the normalisation of the relations with Vietnam 20 years ago, paving the way for historic engagement.

 Former US President Bill Clinton addresses the ceremony to celebrate the 20th anniversary of establishing
Vietnamese-US diplomatic relations. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA
Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh addresses the ceremony. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

 Party General Secretary Nguyen PhuTrong receives former US President Bill Clinton who visits Vietnam
and attends the 20th anniversary of establishing Vietnam-US diplomatic ties. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA 
20 years ago, on July 11, 1995 President Clinton’s announcement on normalising the diplomatic ties with Vietnam rapidly spread around the world. One day later, on July 12, 1995 in Hanoi Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet announced the establishment of diplomatic ties with the US.

The event became the hottest news, drawing special attention from the world public because the bilateral relations between the two countries started entering into a new phase.

Since then, with  joint efforts from the two countries’ governments and peoples and the spirit of reconciliation and moving into the future together, the bilateral relations have made great progress in all fields, including the establishment of a comprehensive partnership in 2013 during State President Truong Tan Sang’s visit to the US at the invitation of President Barack Obama.

 Impressive photos from the Vietnamese-US relationship over the years

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung visited the US
in 2008. Photo: VNA

State President Nguyen Minh Triet visited the US
in 2007. Photo: VNA

 US President George W.Bush visited Vietnam
in 2006. Photo: VNA

Prime Minister Phan Van Khai visited the US in 2005.
Photo: VNA

 In July 2013, Vietnam and the US announced the establishment of a comprehensive partnership.
In the photo: State President Truong Tan Sang talked with US President Barack Obama in the White House.
Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA

US President George W. Bush talked with State President Nguyen Minh Triet on his visit to Vietnam in 2006. Photo: VNA

 US President George W. Bush and heads of countries attending APEC 14 held in 2006 in Vietnam. Photo: VNA

US President George W. Bush visited the Cua Bac Cathedral in Hanoi in 2006. Photo: VNA

 Vietnam participates in negotiations for the Trans-pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). Photo: Le Hai/VNA

Vietnamese Minister of National Defense Phung Quang Thanh and US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter
sign a Joint Vision. Photo: Trong Duc/VNA

General Martin E. Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff officially visits Vietnam. Photo: Trong Duc/VNA

The Defence Policy Dialogue between Vietnam and the US. Photo: Trong Duc/VNA

Denise Rollins, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Asia of the US Agency for International Development (USAID),
inspects the dioxin detoxification project at Da Nang Airport. Photo: Tran Le Lam –VNA

Vietnam and the US officially sign a bilateral agreement on using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Photo: VNA

A delegation of veterans of foreign wars of the US (VFW) during a trip to search for American soldiers' remains in Kham Duc,
Quang Ngai Province. Photo: The Vietnam-US’s Society

 A delegation of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) help Vietnam
find the place where there are Vietnamese soldiers’ remains at PhuocTuong Pass in Hue.
Photo: The Vietnam-US Society’s file