Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Hà Nội on Tuesday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Khang
Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh had talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Hà Nội on Tuesday.
They voiced delight at the successful outcome of the meetings between the Vietnamese leaders and US President Barack Obama – who is on an official visit to Việt Nam – along with the signing of highly-anticipated agreements, especially those on economy, trade, investment and cooperation in climate change prevention and war consequence settlement.
Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Minh asked for both sides’ active coordination to realise the outcomes of the high-level meetings.
US Secretary of State Kerry joined the Vietnamese leader in reiterating the success of President Obama’s visit to Việt Nam and considered this a testament to the great strides in bilateral co-operation over the last two decades since diplomatic ties were re-established.
He thanked the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry, other ministries and localities for working closely with the US side before and during the US President’s visit.
At the talks, Minh and Kerry discussed regional and international issues of mutual concern, including promoting ASEAN’s centrality in regional issues and the role of the bloc’s partners to help ensure peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region.
Prior to the event, they witnessed the signing of a letter of intent on the Cooperative Humanitarian and Medical Storage Initiative to serve humanitarian cooperation in searching for US soldiers missing in action, search and rescue, and natural disaster response.
Việt Nam and the US also inked a letter of agreement on law enforcement and criminal justice sector assistance, and a framework agreement under which Việt Nam allows some US Peace Corps volunteers to teach English in Hà Nội and HCM City. — VNS