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US Secretary of State Tillerson willing to visit Vietnam

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 17:00 GMT+7

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has replied with pleasure to the invitation to visit Vietnam by his Vietnamese counterpart as they met Friday on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Germany.

At the meeting in Bonn, Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh spoke highly of Tillerson’s knowledge about and contribution to promoting economic, trade and investment ties between the two countries, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

The two officials exchanged remarks on the positive and substantive strides in all aspects in the Vietnam-U.S. comprehensive partnership.

Minh told the U.S. top diplomat that Vietnam treasures and wants to reinforce the friendship, cooperation and comprehensive partnership with the U.S. on the basis of respect for each other’s political regime, thereby meeting the two peoples’ interests.

The two agreed that Vietnam and the U.S. need to maintain high-level delegation exchanges and visits.

Vietnam was invited to participate in the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting as the host of the APEC Year 2017, taking place in the central city of Da Nang this November.

The Vietnamese deputy premier therefore repeated Vietnamese leaders’ invitation to U.S. President Donald Trump to attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, before inviting Tillerson to visit Vietnam in the near future.

The U.S. secretary of state replied by expressing his willingness to visit the Southeast Asian country as well as to participate in activities within the framework of the APEC Vietnam 2017.

With shared understanding on the significance of maintaining and promoting peace, stability and development in the region, the diplomats also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

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