Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh held separate meetings on Friday with US Acting Trade Representative Stephen Vaughn and a group of assistants to senators of the Democratic and Republican Parties.— VNA/VNS Photo
WASHINGTON — As part of his official visit to the US, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh held separate meetings on Friday with US Acting Trade Representative Stephen Vaughn and a group of assistants to senators of the Democratic and Republican Parties.
Minh also met with leaders of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, the Heritage Foundation, the Trade Council and US businesses operating in Việt Nam.
At the meetings, Minh affirmed that the Government of Việt Nam is ready to work with the new US administration to maintain the momentum of development in bilateral relations, particularly in economy and trade, and continue improving the business-investment climate and for US investors.
The assistants to senators underlined the two parties’ support for the Việt Nam-US partnership and pledged to continue assisting Việt Nam in dealing with the consequences of war, especially in detoxifying Agent Orange/Dioxin and mine clearance.
They also shared the US Congress’s concerns over the East Sea (South China Sea) issue, including the maintenance of maritime security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation and the peaceful settlement of disputes on the basis of respecting international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Meanwhile, representatives of the US businesses pledged to enhance Việt Nam-US relations and lauded policies adopted by Việt Nam to create a fair environment for foreign investors. – VNS