The U.S. will increase support for Vietnam to respond to climate change, including developing smart power grids, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry announced on Thursday.
Kerry made the announcement as he met Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on the latter’s ongoing trip to the U.S. to attend the high-level General Debate of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
PM Chinh and Kerry, who is also former U.S. Secretary of State, discussed steps to quickly implement the important agreements reached during the recent visit to Vietnam by U.S. President Joe Biden, including those on climate change response.
The Vietnamese government leader asked the U.S. to continue supporting Vietnam’s efforts to achieve its commitment of net zero emissions by 2050, implement the Fair Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) agreement, and build a renewable energy industry.
Kerry affirmed with Chinh that the U.S. consistently treasures its relationship with Vietnam and supports Vietnam in promoting its leading role in global efforts to respond to climate change.
The special envoy pledged that the U.S. will continue to strengthen cooperation with and support for developing countries, including Vietnam, in coping with climate change impacts.
Such assistance will be provided for developing clean energy industries, smart power transmission networks, and sustainable infrastructure, Kerry elaborated.
He emphasized that he, as a long-standing friend of Vietnam, wishes to support Vietnam in climate change-related issues.
Kerry and Chinh also expressed their pleasure at the success of the Vietnam visit on September 10-11 by President Biden, during which the two countries issued a joint statement to upgrade the bilateral ties to comprehensive strategic partnership.
PM Chinh thanked Kerry for his valuable support in successfully arranging the visit.
Kerry told Chinh that President Biden was very impressed by and highly appreciated Vietnam’s respectful, cordial, and thoughtful welcome during his recent visit.