US values comprehensive strategic partnership with Vietnam: Blinken

By VNA   March 25, 2024 | 11:01 pm PT
US values comprehensive strategic partnership with Vietnam: Blinken
Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son (L) meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington DC, March 25, 2024. Photo courtesy of Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken Blinken affirmed that the U.S. values its comprehensive strategic partnership with Vietnam as he met Vietnamese counterpart Bui Thanh Son in Washington DC on Monday (local time).

The two co-chaired the first Vietnam-U.S. Dialogue at the foreign ministerial level, also the first ministerial-level dialogue between the two countries since they established comprehensive strategic partnership in September 2023.

Blinken described the dialogue as an important opportunity to review and promote the implementation of high-level agreements, affirmed that the U.S. supports a strong, independent, resilient, and prosperous Vietnam that bolsters regional prosperity and stability and takes on an increasingly important role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as in the region and the international arena.

He emphasized the U.S.'s commitment to implementing the new relationship framework and agreements of the two countries' high-ranking leaders.

Son asserted the U.S. is a strategically important partner of Vietnam, emphasizing that the upgrade of the bilateral relations is a right decision demonstrating the strategic vision of the two countries' high-ranking leaders and efforts to strengthen bilateral cooperation in accordance with the interests of the two peoples, contributing to peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region.

Vietnam will continue working with the U.S. to implement the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership in an increasingly effective, substantive, and stable direction, while expanding the room for cooperation on the basis of respect for each other's independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity and political institutions to maintain development momentum for decades to come.

The two officials discussed measures to deepen relations between the two countries. They agreed to promote the foreign ministerial-level dialogue to strengthen the close collaboration between the two foreign ministries in implementing high-level agreements, effectively implement existing bilateral cooperation mechanisms, and actively coordinate with each other to hold activities to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the normalization of the two countries' relations in 2025.

They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern. Son proposed the U.S. continue to play an active role contributing to maintaining peace, stability, cooperation and development in Asia - Pacific and the Indian Ocean as well as in the world.

Blinken affirmed that the U.S. supports ASEAN's central role in the region and will maintain cooperation within the framework of the ASEAN-US comprehensive strategic partnership. He also stressed his country’s backing for the Mekong - U.S. cooperation.

The two sides then discussed the East Sea issue and agreed on the importance of peace, security, stability, freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Sea; solving disputes through peaceful means, in accordance with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); fully implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC); and working towards an effective and substantive Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

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