WASHINGTON (VNS)— A Communist Party of Viet Nam (CPV) delegation led by Hoang Binh Quan, member of the CPV Central Committee and head of its Commission for External Relations, has just completed a 10-day visit to the US.
During the visit, made at the invitation of the US State Department, the delegation held talks with US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman as well as meeting with Daniel Russell, special assistant to the US President, plus a number of senators, congressmen and senior officials from the US Administration.
The delegation met UN Deputy Secretary-General for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations Herve L Adsous, US Communist Party chairman Sam Webb, as well as several left-wing representatives.
Quan and his delegation also held discussions with senior scholars and experts from top US research institutes in Washington, New York, California and Hawaii . They also held working sessions with political and social institutes of the Republic and Democratic Parties.
During the sessions, Quan briefed US partners on the policies and achievements of Viet Nam during its cause of renewal, the country's recent socio-economic situation as well as the Party and Vietnamese State's foreign policy of independence, self-control, peace, co-operation and development.
The two sides sought directions and measures to make Viet Nam-US relations more practical and effective.
Quan noted the positive developments of bilateral ties since the two countries had normalised their relations, particularly in economics and trade. He affirmed that Viet Nam would continue its efforts to boost multi-faceted cooperation with the US for the benefits of people from both countries, peace and stability in the region and the world.
The US officials and experts applauded the delegation's visit and hailed Viet Nam's achievements during its renewal and socio-economic development under the Party's leadership in recent years, as well as the country's increasingly important role in the region and the world.
They highly valued the important developments of bilateral ties between the two countries during 17 years of normalised relations, affirming that the US Government would further strengthen the relationship with Viet Nam and other ASEAN member countries.
The two sides had frank and open discussions on issues in bilateral relations as well as regional and international matters of mutual concern. They agreed to work with other regional countries to foster their co-operation in order to effectively cope with the global economic crisis, including the acceleration of effective negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
They welcomed efforts to settle differences and disputes in the region through peaceful negotiations based on international law to maintain peace and stability in the region and the world.
At a meeting with the chairman of the US Communist Party and left wing representatives, Quan thanked US communists and people for the valuable support they gave Viet Nam in its struggle for independence in the past, as well as current national renewal and development. — VNS