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China, US congratulate nation on UN Security Council seat

Update: October, 19/2007 - 00:00

China, US congratulate nation on UN Security Council seat

(20-10-2007)

HA NOI — China yesterday congratulated Viet Nam on winning a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said China hopes to work closely with Viet Nam when performing its UNSC work.

The US government congratulated Viet Nam on winning the two-year non-permanent seat (starting from next year) by such a large number of votes. The US also congratulated Viet Nam on its accession to the WTO.

The US statement was made as Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Nguyen Tam Chien formally completed his term of office.

The US embassy in Viet Nam also welcomed news of Viet Nam’s election to the UNSC. In a letter of congratulations to Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem, Charge d’Affaires Jonathan Aloisi stated: "The US values its close and expanding relationship with Viet Nam and looks forward to continued co-operation to advance our common goals and interests". — VNS

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