|Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh receives Deputy Assistant to the US President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics, Caroline Atkinson In Ha Noi. —VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Hoa
HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam and the US have made significant progress in promoting bilateral relations, reaching several economic agreements and facilitating talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh made the statement at a reception for Caroline Atkinson, Deputy Assistant to the US President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics, during her working visit to Viet Nam yesterday.
Minh said he was optimistic that relations would continue to grow in future, guided by a continued focus on economic co-operation.
Atkinson agreed, saying she hoped the two sides would continue to develop bilateral ties and negotiate an outcome for the TPP by the end of the year.
Addressing Viet Nam's preparations for the TPP, Minh urged the US to facilitate and support Viet Nam's efforts to comply with and take advantage of the agreement.
Minh also took the opportunity to lobby for recognition of Viet Nam as a market economy and pushed the case for removing the US's trade barriers limiting Vietnamese exports to the US. — VNS