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Vietnam PM receives John Kerry in Hanoi, hails bilateral ties

Vietnam PM receives John Kerry in Hanoi, hails bilateral ties

Saturday, January 14, 2017, 15:00 GMT+7

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed pleasure at the development of Vietnam-U.S. ties, particularly after the 2013 establishment of comprehensive partnership, as he received visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Hanoi on Friday.

The Vietnamese premier said he strongly believes the two countries will further enhance the stable, long-term, practical and effective ties based on respect to their institutions and national development roadmap, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

PM Phuc suggested the two nations devise a plan to continue maintaining cooperation, including facilitating exchanges and joint work in post-war recovery and expanding other cooperative areas.

He also reiterated the invitation to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to visit and attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2017 in Vietnam, and hailed Kerry’s contributions to normalizing and promoting bilateral relations over the past decades.

PM Phuc told the guest of his recent phone talks with the U.S. president-elect to congratulate on him on his election victory and discuss ways to boost ties.

Vietnam will continue partnering with the new U.S. administration to push forward the stable, long-standing, practical and effective bilateral ties, the Vietnamese head of government pressed.

The U.S. foreign secretary, in the meantime, expressed his belief that the new administration will continue the policy of strengthening ties with the region, including Vietnam, and vowed to be a friend of Vietnamese country and people.

Sharing view that the Fulbright University Vietnam is one of outstanding examples of Vietnam-U.S. relations, both PM Phuc and Kerry committed to speeding up the project, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

U.S. foreign secretary Kerry is slated to finish his three-day visit to Vietnam today, January 14.

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