Vietnam attaches great importance to its relations with the United States (US) and is determined to implement agreements in the spirit of comprehensive partnership between the two countries, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung told President Pro Tempore of the US Senate Patrick Leahy who was on an official visit to the country from April 16 to 20.
Hung spoke highly of the significant contributions that Leahy and other US Congressmen have made to heal the wounds of war in Vietnam, and expressed his hope that the two countries would further these efforts towards building a new relationship in the long-term interest of both nations.
He suggested the two countries’ legislative bodies step up exchanges and push for a swift recognition of Vietnam as a market economy, proposing the two sides to work together on negotiating the Trans-Asia Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty to ensure benefits for both sides and avoid provisions that can adversely affect bilateral economic and trade ties.
Vietnam wished that the US Congress allocated sufficient funds to deal with humanitarian issues left over the war, the NA chairman said.
Senator Leahy said that during this visit, his delegation, comprising both Democrat and Republican lawmakers, is seeking cooperation opportunities to strengthen relations between the two countries as well as the two legislative bodies.
Successes in socio-economic cooperation between the US and Vietnam are of special significance because they will help direct and forge stronger bilateral ties in the future, Leahy said.-