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Trade hopes high as Party leader meets US trade rep

Update: July, 08/2015 - 08:55
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong  meets with US Trade Representative Michael Froman on Monday in Washington. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
HA NOI (VNS) — The General Secretary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam, Nguyen Phu Trong, met US Trade Representative Michael Froman on Monday in Washington to discuss enhancing trade ties between the two countries.

The Vietnamese leader said the Party and State consistently promoted international integration. He added that he hoped that Viet Nam-US trade links would expand.

Trong said Viet Nam was trying to integrate into the regional and global economy, citing its involvement in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. He asked the US to support Viet Nam in negotiations.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and delegates cut the ribbon at a ceremony to hand over a new-generation Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from the US Boeing Group to Vietnam Airlines at Ronald Reagan Airport in Washington DC. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung

He said he hoped the US would expand its market for Vietnamese goods and recognise Viet Nam's market economy.

Froman said he believed Viet Nam-US relations and trade ties would be fostered by the Vietnamese leader's visit.

He spoke highly of achievements in bilateral economic and trade after 20 years of normal ties between Viet Nam and the US.

Froman said the US would continue to work with Viet Nam and discussed negotiations for the TPP, adding that once the agreement was signed, it would bring trade and investment opportunities for all countries, including Viet Nam.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong visits the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung

In the afternoon, the Vietnamese leader attended a ceremony to hand over a new-generation Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from the US Boeing Group to Vietnam Airlines at Ronald Reagan Airport in Washington DC.

Vietnam Airlines and Boeing signed an agreement to expand the Vietnamese airline's operations.

Representatives from the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade and the US Department of Commerce said that closer links between the airlines would help forge stronger links in economics, trade, investment and tourism.

Trong and his entourage also visited the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC. It honours the third president of the US who was one of America's Founding Fathers and the primary drafter of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. — VNS

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