Vietnam considers the United States one of its leading important partners and wishes to promote the comprehensive partnership with the US on the basis of respect for each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and political institution, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said at a reception for US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Hanoi on April 15.
|Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (right) receives US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Hanoi__Photo: VNA|
Prime Minister Chinh affirmed that Vietnam is consistent with its foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, friendship, cooperation and development, diversification and multilateralization of relations, active international integration; and being a friend, a reliable partner and a responsible member of the international community. Vietnam does not choose a side, but chooses justice and fairness, the Vietnamese cabinet leader emphasized.
To further deepen and develop the bilateral relations, Chinh suggested the two sides increase the exchange of delegations and contacts at all levels. He proposed the US help Vietnam to promote cooperation in overcoming war aftermath, and continue to support cooperation between the two countries in such important fields as trade-investment, science-technology, education-training, defense-security as well as in new areas such as digital economy, green transition, circular economy, innovation, climate change response and infrastructure development.
The PM emphasized that the two sides need to continue efforts in promoting harmonious and sustainable trade exchange, suggesting that the US restrict the imposition of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties and other unnecessary measures on Vietnam’s exports, especially agricultural products and furniture, which directly affect people’s employment and livelihoods.
He called on the US to create favorable conditions for the community of 2.2 million Vietnamese living in the US to continue integrating into, complying with the host’s law, contributing to the development of the two countries' relations.
For his part, Blinken affirmed that the US attaches importance to the relations with Vietnam on the principle of respecting each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and political institutions, and supports a strong, independent, self-resilient and prosperous Vietnam.
It is necessary to continue boosting the bilateral ties on the principles agreed by their high-ranking leaders, the US diplomat agreed, committing to continuing to fostering the Vietnam-US relations.
At the reception, the two sides reviewed outstanding achievements in their relations, saying that the Vietnam-US relationship has made steps of comprehensive, increasingly stable, substantive and in-depth development, bringing about practical benefits to both countries as well as contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and in the world.- (VLLF)