Vietnam welcomes the US’s support in improving the capability of Vietnam’s Coast Guard, said Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Nguyen Quoc Cuong. The Ambassador made the statement to reporters on the sidelines of the 28th Diplomatic Conference held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hanoi on Monday. Enhancing the capability of coast guard forces is one of the fields of cooperation between Vietnam and the US as well as and other countries in order to create a secure, orderly and peaceful maritime environment, he said. After US Secretary of State John Kerry ended his Vietnam’s visit on December 16, the US Department of State issued an official notice saying that the US pledged to offer US$156 million to ASEAN countries so that they improve their maritime capability within two years, Ambassador Cuong said. The amount included the US$32.5 million that Kerry pledged that the US will offer to Southeast Asian nations as assistance for them to boost their maritime security. Of the amount, $18 million will be intended for Vietnam that will include five fast patrol boats for its Coast Guard in 2014, the ambassador said. In another development, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh applauded the US’s provision of US$4.2 million to help Vietnam enhance its capacity in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Minh made the applause during his talks with the US Secretary of State John Kerry in Hanoi on December 16.
He proposed the US side continue granting Vietnam flexibility in the negotiations and relevant technical assistance.
The Deputy PM also called on the US Government to limit the number of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy lawsuits against Vietnam’s exports, and open its doors to Vietnamese farm produce to enter the US market.