Vietnam PM thanks US Senate for promoting bilateral relations

By VNA   September 19, 2023 | 07:09 pm PT
Vietnam PM thanks US Senate for promoting bilateral relations
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (6th, L) pose with Vietnamese officials and U.S. senators in Washington D.C., September 19, 2023. Photo by VNA
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh thanked the U.S. Senate for their support in enhancing the Vietnam-U.S. relations as the two sides met in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

The establishment of the Vietnam-U.S. Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for peace, cooperation, and sustainable development will open up a new period for the enhancement of bilateral relations across spheres, including cooperation between the two legislative bodies, Chinh said at a meeting with leaders of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

During the meeting, part of his trip to the U.S. for the high-level week of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly and bilateral activities, Chinh affirmed that Vietnam considers the U.S. a partner of strategic importance.

He used the occasion to thank the U.S. Senate in general and its Foreign Relations Committee in particular for their support for promoting the Vietnam-U.S. relations over the past time, including the settlement of war consequences.

The support and cooperation of the two countries' legislatures play a crucial role in concretizing new collaboration frameworks and areas of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in the time ahead, he said.

Chinh called on the committee to further support joint efforts in fostering cooperation in economy-trade-investment, and other fields like science-technology, innovation, semiconductor industry, energy transition, and climate change response, while stepping up assistance to Vietnam in war consequence settlement.

Senator Bob Menendez, Chairman of the committee and other committee members, noted with pleasure the establishment of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for peace, cooperation and sustainable development on the occasion of the recent visit to Vietnam by President Joe Biden, saying it is expected to bring about tangible benefits to people of both nations.

Praising socio-economic achievements Vietnam has recorded over the past time, they said the country has played an increasingly important role with a significant voice in the region.

The senators agreed with the Vietnamese PM that the two countries should continue to enhance cooperation in such key areas as economy-trade, high-tech, education-training, human resources development, climate change response, war legacy settlement, and people-to-people exchange.

The two sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues of shared concern, and agreed on the need to promote the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)’s centrality and strengthen the ASEAN-U.S comprehensive strategic partnership as well as the Mekong-U.S relationship.

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