​US treasures comprehensive partnership with Vietnam: Secretary of State

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo concluded his two-day visit to Vietnam on Monday

U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on July 9, 2018. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

The United States always treasures its comprehensive partnership with Vietnam and will continue efforts to foster the relationship, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the second day of his visit to Hanoi.

Secretary Pompeo joined talks with PM Phuc on Monday, within the framework of his business trip in the Southeast Asian country on July 8 and 9.

Conveying warm regards from President Donald Trump to the Vietnamese premier, the U.S. diplomat stressed that his country would focus on cementing the ties with Vietnam.

Replying to his guest, PM Phuc said that Vietnam wants the bilateral ties to continue developing practically and effectively, contributing to peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and the world.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with Deputy Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) shakes hands with Vietnam's Deputy Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Both parties expressed their satisfaction with the two nations’ cooperation in politics, diplomacy, economic matters, trade, security and defense, and settlement of post-war consequences.

They also stressed the importance of peaceful settlement of disputes in the East Vietnam Sea, in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The Vietnamese leader also applauded recent efforts to accelerate peace and denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula, affirming that Hanoi will continue to be an active and responsible member of the international community in this process. 

Delegations led by Secretary Mike Pompeo and Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh joined talks in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Delegations led by Secretary Mike Pompeo and Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh joined talks in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Secretary Pompeo also met with Deputy Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh earlier the same day.

The U.S. hopes a strong, independent and prosperous Vietnam will play an increasingly important role in the region, Pompeo said at the meeting.

They agreed to increase mutual visits, especially those at high levels, and continue considering trade and investment ties as a driving force for their bilateral relationship. 

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