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New York City mayor begins working visit

Update: March, 24/2012 - 09:19

HA NOI — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung received Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg in the capital yesterday as part of his working visit to Viet Nam.

PM Dung said there have been remarkable developments in Viet Nam-US relations recently, especially in the fields of trade, investment, education and training, culture, and coping with climate change.

Two-way trade turnover has increased steadily, reaching US$21 billion in 2011, while the US ranked sixth among countries investing in Viet Nam.

Dung thanked Bloomberg for his charitable programmes and the initiative to provide helmets for Vietnamese children, saying he hoped Bloomberg's visit would contribute to strengthening Viet Nam-US co-operation.

The PM spoke highly of Bloomberg news for its objective stories on Viet Nam's economy, thus helping the world understand the country's development more clearly.

He hoped the US government and New York authorities would continue to create favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community in the country, so they can enjoy stable lives.

For his part, Bloomberg affirmed the commitment to make more contributions to promoting co-operation between New York and localities in Vietnam.

During his trip, Bloomberg will also visit programmes supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies including major public health issues such as tobacco use and road safety. — VNS

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