The United States will provide Vietnam with further support in climate change response, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said during a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh in Hanoi on Monday.
At the talks, both sides agreed to deepen the Vietnam-U.S. comprehensive partnership in a practical and stable manner on the basis of respecting each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political institutions, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
PM Chinh praised U.S. cooperation with other countries, which has made active contributions to peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the world.
He called on the U.S. to further display its strong commitments to supporting ASEAN’s centrality, the ASEAN-U.S. strategic partnership, and the Mekong-U.S. relationship.
Kerry said that the U.S. attaches importance to its comprehensive partnership with Vietnam and backs the nation’s active and practical role in the region, and in dealing with international issues, including climate change.
PM Chinh stated that Vietnam is working hard to promote green growth and cope with climate change to fulfill its commitments made at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).
The Southeast Asian country considers the target of net zero emissions and the transition from fossil energy to clean and renewable energy an inevitable development trend of the world.
The premier stressed that climate change is a global issue that needs global solutions, adding that equality must be ensured during energy transition.
Kerry noted that the U.S. will boost its cooperation and support for developing countries, including Vietnam, in climate change response, particularly in clean energy development, sustainable infrastructure, and smart management of water and resources in the ecosystem.
PM Chinh expressed his hope that the U.S. will continue its support for Vietnam in negotiations on the just energy transition partnership and assist the country in terms of experience, human resource development, finance, and technologies.
On the same day, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son also received Special Presidential Envoy Kerry.
At the meeting, the two sides discussed measures to strengthen bilateral relations in the coming time, including promoting phone calls and mutual visits between the two countries' leaders and preparations for the 10th anniversary of the Vietnam-U.S. comprehensive partnership in 2023.
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