|Vice Chairperson of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan receives US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Ha Noi yesterday, — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Dan
HA NOI (VNS) — Vice Chairperson of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan yesterday received US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is on an official visit to Viet Nam.
They discussed preparations for the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the two countries and Viet Nam's Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong's US trip scheduled for this year.
The NA vice chairperson affirmed Viet Nam's dedication to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and asked the US to continue working with Viet Nam on areas such as disarming unexploded ordnances and providing support for the victims of Agent Orange.
On the same day, Blinken met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, where they reviewed the developments of the Viet Nam-US comprehensive partnership set up in July 2013.
Blinken also stressed that the US Department of State will continue coordination with Viet Nam in fruitfully realizing the nine cooperative areas enshrined in the Joint Statement which was adopted in 2013.
He also met with Chairman of the Vietnamese Party Central Committee's Commission for External Relations Hoang Binh Quan.
The US State Department has pledged US$10 million in aid for the central province of Quang Tri to disarm the unexploded ordnances (UXOs) that are leftovers from the Viet Nam war.
A memorandum of understanding was signed by the provincial People's Committee and the Mine Advisory Group (MAG) yesterday to carry out the UXO clearance project in the province between 2015 and 2017.
The project aims to reduce the risks of injuries caused by UXOs while clearing contaminated areas and improving local livelihoods.
The provincial People's Committee and the MAG will decide on the operational scale of UXO disarming teams and will make necessary changes through each phase of the project. — VNS