|President Truong Tan Sang (right) meets Senator Bob Corker, a member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang told Senator Bob Corker, a member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said yesterday that Viet Nam was ready to expand economic and trade ties with the US .
Viet Nam was also willing to join the US in seeking ways to remove barriers hindering bilateral trade, he said during a meeting in Ha Noi.
Sang made it clear that Viet Nam was determined to conclude negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and hoped that the US would create favourable conditions to design a suitable roadmap for the deal.
He said Viet Nam treasured the bilateral partnership and was willing to discuss issues on which the two sides differed.
He also proposed that the US lift the ban on lethal weapons trade with Viet Nam, while removing all barriers and opening its door wider for the trading of high technology equipment to develop Viet Nam.
Sang thanked the US Senate for its support of Viet Nam and ASEAN on the East Sea issue.
He said Viet Nam's policy was to maintain and build friendly relations with other countries in the region and the world, opposing the use of threats or force.
He added that all territorial disputes must be settled through peaceful measures in conformity with international law.
Corker said the Trans Pacific Partnership was an opportunity for the region as a whole.
He said he believed the ban on lethal weapons trade with Viet Nam would be removed in the near future for mutual benefit.
Noting that ties between the two countries were "on the rise", the senator said he believed that many joint activities would be successfully held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Viet Nam-US diplomatic ties in 2015.
On the East Sea issue, Corker supported Viet Nam's stance to solve all disputes through peaceful measures and respecting international law, underscoring the need for the solidarity among ASEAN member countries. — VNS