Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (R) yesterday receives newly-accredited US Ambassador to Việt Nam, Daniel Kritenbrink. — VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất
HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc yesterday urged newly-accredited US Ambassador to Việt Nam, Daniel Kritenbrink, to promote the exchange of high-level delegations and prompt the US Government to actively handle issues proposed by Việt Nam to develop bilateral relations.
Speaking at a reception held in Hà Nội for the incoming envoy, Phúc spoke highly of Kritenbrink’s contributions to enhancing Việt Nam-US relations when he worked as Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the US National Security Council.
Recalling his official visit to the US in May 2017, the PM said the two sides discussed and agreed on a number of measures to strengthen the Việt Nam-US comprehensive partnership.
Việt Nam had been actively implementing measures agreed on, including those to balance bilateral trade, he said, adding that the growth of two-way trade would benefit the people of both nations.
Phúc wished the US Ambassador a successful tenure in Việt Nam, affirming that the Government of Việt Nam would co-ordinate with the US to strengthen the rapport between both countries.
Kritenbrink said the US considered Việt Nam as one of its important partners, not only in the region, but also in the world.
The ambassador congratulated Việt Nam on the successful organisation of the APEC 2017 Economic Leaders Week and conveyed US President Donald Trump’s thanks for Việt Nam’s warm welcome when he visited the country in November.
Kritenbrink said his major task was to strengthen and expand co-operative relations between the two countries. Sharing the PM’s views, he said economic and trade co-operation was a key pillar in Việt Nam-US co-operative ties, which were developing rapidly.
The diplomat said he hoped to work with Việt Nam to address challenges and make use of opportunities to promote bilateral relations. — VNS