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Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong accepts President Biden’s invitation to visit US

Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong accepts President Biden’s invitation to visit US

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 22:21 GMT+7
Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong accepts President Biden’s invitation to visit US
Vietnam’s Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (L) is seen shaking hands with then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during the Party chief’s visit to the U.S. in 2015. Photo: Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Vietnam’s Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong accepted the invitation by President Joe Biden to visit the U.S. during their phone talks focusing on promoting the two countries' comprehensive partnership on Wednesday night (Vietnam time).

Throughout their phone talks, Trong and Biden reiterated their invitations for mutual high-level visits and they accepted the invites with pleasure.

The two sides said they would direct their relevant agencies to arrange such visits at appropriate times.

Expressing their delight that the talks offered them an opportunity to exchange views as Vietnam and the U.S. are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their comprehensive partnership, the two leaders lauded the fruitful development of the bilateral ties over the past years. 

They agreed to promote, develop, and deepen their relationship in the coming time in the interests of both nations, as well as for peace, cooperation, and development in the region and the world, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

Vietnam continues to pursue its foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, friendship, cooperation, diversification and multilateralization of relations, and active and proactive global integration, Trong said, emphasizing that the Southeast Asian country is a reliable friend and partner to every nation and also an active and responsible member of the international community.

He proposed both sides further enhance the ties between the two governments, legislatures, Parties, and peoples.

Both sides should continue expanding economic, scientific, and technological cooperation and make them one of the focuses of their relations, Trong suggested.

He asked the two countries to continue implementing their defense and security agreement, cooperation in supply chains, infrastructure, and emerging areas such as logistics, digital economy, green transformation, and health. 

Trong also called for more efforts in addressing the war consequences, promoting UN peace-keeping activities, and preventing crimes, among others.

The Party leader proposed the U.S. continue helping increase the number of Vietnamese students in the country, while applauding the building of the U.S.-funded Fulbright University Vietnam into a quality education center in the region. 

He thanked the U.S. for supporting Vietnam in its COVID-19 fight and asked for more assistance in the field.

Vietnam is willing to cooperate with international partners in strengthening friendship and dialogue, consolidating peace, promoting development, respecting international laws, and addressing common challenges, he said.

Accordingly, Vietnam highly appreciated the U.S. for its support for ASEAN’s central role and its cooperation with ASEAN nations in promoting the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.

Vietnam praises the U.S. for joining other partners in negotiations for the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) in an open, inclusive, balanced, and mutually beneficial way, on the basis of taking into account the specific conditions of developing countries like Vietnam, Trong said.

He pledged that Vietnam will continue coordinating with the U.S. and its partners to promote peace, cooperation, and sustainable development in the Mekong sub-region, as well as to help the U.S. successfully organize APEC 2023.

The Party chief highly valued great efforts of the international community, including the U.S., in responding to climate change, and asked for continued support from Washington for Hanoi in this field, which is among the key development strategies of the Southeast Asian country.   

President Biden told General Secretary Trong that Vietnam is an important partner of the U.S. and affirmed that the U.S. supports a "strong, prosperous, resilient, and independent Vietnam."

He reiterated the U.S. respect for Vietnam's independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political institution, agreeing that mutual respect is a significant foundation of their bilateral ties.

Agreeing to the cooperation orientations suggested by Trong, Biden placed emphasis on promoting cooperation in trade, clean energy and energy transition, adding that Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will have relevant discussions with Vietnam.

Biden also discussed climate change response, post-pandemic socio-economic recovery, and democratic and human rights cooperation, among other international issues. 

The U.S. pledges to promote peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, and wishes for cooperation of Vietnam and other countries in negotiating the IPEF, Biden stated.

He underscored that the U.S. respects ASEAN's central role and joins efforts to promote peaceful and sustainable development of the Mekong region. 

President Biden thanked Vietnam for its contribution to the success of the ASEAN-U.S. Special Summit 2022, which was held in Washington, D.C. last May.

During their phone talks, the two leaders also agreed on maintaining peace, stability, and cooperation, ensuring freedom of navigation and overflight, and not using or threatening force in international relations.

They also stressed the need of fully implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Vietnam Sea (DOC), and soon signing an efficient and effective Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Vietnam Sea (COC) in accordance with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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Vinh Tho - Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre News


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