Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Week 2023 in San Francisco, California from Tuesday next week, at the invitation of U.S. President Joe Biden, Pham Thu Hang, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told a press briefing in Hanoi on Thursday afternoon.
A delegation of top Vietnamese officials led by President Thuong will participate in the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week, which lasts from November 11 to 17. Thuong's trip is scheduled to last from November 14 to 17.
This will be the Vietnamese state president’s first working trip to the U.S. since he took office in March this year.
His U.S. visit will coincide with the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the APEC Summit and the 25th anniversary of Vietnam’s accession to APEC.
During the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week, President Thuong will sit in on a meeting of APEC leaders as well as the APEC Business Advisory Council Forum.
The top Vietnamese official will also deliver his speech at the APEC CEO summit, slated to run from Tuesday to Thursday next week.
Ties between Vietnam and the United States have flourished strongly over the past few years.
The two nations lifted their relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership during President Biden’s Vietnam visit in September.
Besides, the two sides signed multiple agreements deepening the cooperation in the economic, science-technology, education, and training fields.
President Thuong’s U.S. trip is aimed at implementing these deals and fostering the partnership between localities in the two nations.
APEC 2023, themed ‘Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Future for All,’ aims for an interconnected, innovative, and inclusive region.
APEC was founded in 1989 as an informal dialogue forum to promote regional economic integration.
The APEC leaders meeting was held for the first time in 1993, and then became an annual event.
APEC now includes 21 members, covering some 40 percent of the global population, and almost half of global trade.