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Vietnam – US: Strengthening the Comprehensive Partnership

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his entourage concluded their US visit from May 29-31 at the invitation of President Donald Trump. The visit helps boost the comprehensive relationship between the two countries, which was established in 2013.
The two sides issued a joint statement enhancing the bilateral comprehensive partnership in a practical, effective and sustainable manner for mutual benefits as well as peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and beyond. They also respect the United Nations Charter and international law, respective political institutions, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

President Donald Trump said that he looks forward to visiting Vietnam in November to attend the APEC Leaders’ Meeting.
During the visit, PM Phuc delivered a speech at the Global Heritage Fund, reiterating Vietnam and the US share common interests in the maintenance of peace, stability, security, cooperation, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. Vietnam considers the US as an important partner and wants to further develop the comprehensive relationship with the US.

President Trump welcomes Vietnamese PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the White House. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

Phuc and Trump on during a press conference in the Oval  Room.Photo: Thong Nhat / VNA

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held talks with US President Donald Trump at the White House. Photo: Thong Nhat / VNA

The two countries agreed to put high premium on economic, trade and investment cooperation toward efficiency and mutual benefits, and continue regarding these fields as key a momentum in their overall relations. They pledged to create the optimal conditions for enterprises to do business.

Both nations also concurred on boosting collaboration in education and training, healthcare, scientific research, technology, outer space, and renovation. 

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at a state level banquet held
by the US Secretary of State. Photo: Thong Nhat / VNA

 PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Photo: Thong Nhat / VNA

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc holds talks with United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Photo: Thong Nhat / VNA

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc holds talks with  United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.Photo: Thong Nhat / VNA

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivers a special address at the Heritage Foundation on May 31 themed “Opportunities and
Challenges to Peace, Security, Cooperation and Development in the Asia-Pacific and the Growth of Viet Nam–US
Comprehensive Partnership.”
Photo: Thong Nhat / VNA
As regards defence and security, Vietnam and the US agreed to continuously carry out exchange activities under the signed Memorandum of Understanding for Advancing Bilateral Defense Cooperation 2011 and the Joint Vision Statement on Defense Relations 2015.

Pertaining to the East Sea matter, the two countries’ leaders stressed the need to settle disputes via peaceful means and diplomatic and legal procedures, on the grounds of respecting international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and toward reaching the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

Assessing the outcome of the visit, Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc said the US visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has reaped significant outcomes in key pillars of the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership.

PM  Phuc attends a round - table debate on Investment and Cooperation between the US and Vietnam.Photo: Thong Nhat / VNA

PM  Phuc hosts Robert H. McCooey Jr, Senior Vice President of Nasdaq’s Listing Services. Photo: Thong Nhat / VNA

PM  Phuc hosts Christopher J. Nassetta,  Hilton's President and Chief Executive Officer. Photo: Thong Nhat / VNA

 PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc has a meeting with Kevin McAllister, executive vice president of The Boeing Company
and president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA). Photo: Thong Nhat / VNA

PM  Phuc hosts Steve Bolze, president and CEO of GE Power. Photo: Thong Nhat / VNA
During his trip to the US, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Vietnam’s membership in the organisation. This meaningful event is expected to open up a new development stride in the Vietnam-UN relations.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc held talks with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York on May 30.Photo: Thong Nhat / VNA

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivers a speech at the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam membership to the UN.