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Vietnam, US pledge to push comprehensive strategic partnership forward: foreign ministerial dialogue

Vietnam, US pledge to push comprehensive strategic partnership forward: foreign ministerial dialogue

Thursday, March 28, 2024, 12:04 GMT+7
Vietnam, US pledge to push comprehensive strategic partnership forward: foreign ministerial dialogue
Vietnam’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son (L) shakes hand with his U.S. counterpart Antony Blinken at the first Vietnam-U.S. Dialogue at the foreign ministerial-level in Washington D.C. on March 25, 2024. Photo: Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Vietnam and the U.S. pledged to promote multifaceted cooperation in new areas such as semiconductor training and energy transition at a foreign ministerial-level dialogue held in Washington D.C. aimed at boosting the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

Vietnam’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son led a delegation to join the first Vietnam-U.S. Dialogue at the foreign ministerial level at the invitation of his U.S. counterpart Antony Blinken on Monday (local time). 

The dialogue, which was co-chaired by Son and Blinken, was also the first held since the two countries established their comprehensive strategic partnership last September.

Both parties shared that they were pleased with their cooperation in politics, diplomacy, trade, investment, security and defense, education and training, science and technology, and health.

In addition, they also discussed their successes in rebuilding their relationship since the end of the war. 

The two ministers also discussed steps to boost ties in emerging fields such as semiconductor training, energy transition, green economy, innovation, technology transfer, and climate change adaptation. 

The two sides also agreed to expand cooperation in building semiconductor ecology and diversifying supply chains.

Secretary Blinken told his guest that the U.S. supports a strong, independent, resilient, and prosperous Vietnam that holds an increasingly important role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as in the region and the international community, the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.  

He reiterated the U.S. government’s commitment to cooperation agreements under the new partnership framework as well as agreements between the two nations’ leaders.

The U.S. diplomat also stated that the U.S. supports ASEAN's central role in the region and will beef up cooperation under the ASEAN-U.S. comprehensive strategic partnership.

FM Son affirmed that Vietnam considers the U.S. an important strategic partner and that the Southeast Asian country will continue to work closely with the U.S. to implement the comprehensive strategic partnership effectively and substantively. 

He agreed with Secretary Blinken on the significance of an annual dialogue mechanism at the foreign ministerial level between the two countries. 

The Vietnamese diplomat suggested that the U.S. continue to play an active role in and contribute to maintaining peace, stability, cooperation and development in Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean, as well as in the world.

Son extended the best regards from Vietnam’s Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to U.S. President Biden.   

The two FMs promised to coordinate activities to celebrate 30 years of normalization of relations between the two countries next year, according to VNA.

Regarding the East Vietnam Sea issue, both sides shared the importance of peace, security, stability, freedom of navigation and overflight in the waters, and emphasized the need of solving disputes through peaceful means, in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

They also advocated the full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Vietnam Sea (DOC), as well as the efforts towards an effective and substantive Code of Conduct in the East Vietnam Sea (COC).

Vietnam and the U.S. normalized their diplomatic relations in July 1995 and entered a comprehensive partnership in July 2013. 

Over ten years later, the two sides lifted their ties directly to a comprehensive strategic partnership on September 10, 2023, skipping the strategic partnership level, during an official two-day visit to Vietnam by U.S. President Joe Biden.

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Vinh Tho - Thanh Hien / Tuoi Tre News

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