Dinh The Huynh, Politburo member and standing member of the Party Central Committee Secretariat, joined talks with United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday during his visit to the North American country scheduled for October 24-30.
During their conversation in Washington, the Vietnamese high-ranking official expressed delight at the progress in the two countries’ partnership, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
The two countries should foster comprehensive cooperation for development by increasing visits at all levels, expanding consultation mechanisms on issues of shared concern and boosting the effectiveness of existing cooperation mechanisms, Huynh said.
Hanoi has carried out preparations for the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and execution of other relevant commitments, the visiting official said, asking the U.S. to help expedite the process.
He requested the U.S. to soon consider Vietnam a market economy and provide more opportunities for Vietnamese agricultural products to enter the U.S. market.
Huynh also addressed the topic on human rights, stating that it is the top priority of the Southeast Asian country.
Regarding regional and international issues, the Vietnamese Party member reiterated Hanoi’s consistent stance on resolving disputes in the East Vietnam Sea through peaceful means as per international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), with respect for diplomatic and legal processes, and without force, threat to use force, or militarization and unilateral actions.
Vietnam also opposes the use of force and threat of violence, supporting the preservation of peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of aviation and navigation in the maritime area, Huynh stated.
On behalf of Vietnam’s Party and State leaders, he invited the next President of the U.S. to visit his country during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in 2017.
Replying to his guest, Secretary of State Kerry said that the U.S. always respects its relationship with the Vietnamese Party as the channel would help foster comprehensive and effective bilateral cooperation.