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Prime Minister bids farewell to outgoing US ambassador

Update: August, 06/2014 - 09:28
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets with outgoing US Ambassador David Shear in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung hosted a reception for outgoing US Ambassador David Shear yesterday, at which he praised the diplomat's contributions to the development of the ties between the two countries.

He said Viet Nam and the US were enjoying growing co-operation, noting that bilateral relations were raised to a comprehensive partnership, two-way trade was growing and the countries were expanding collaboration in defence-security, education-training and unexploded ordnance clearance.

Viet Nam attached special importance to developing ties with the US in all fields and was willing to talk with the US about all issues, including human rights, Dung said, adding that he hoped the two countries would continue bolstering economic co-operation.

The leader held that the Trans-Pacific Partnership would open up great opportunities for economic, trade and investment co-operation between the two countries. However, Viet Nam hoped the US would apply a flexible stance on Viet Nam during the negotiation process as the country remained at a low level of development.

In reply, Shear thanked Vietnamese authorities for supporting him during his tenure in the country. He suggested that the two sides continue working closely together on economic, trade and investment partnerships as well as during TPP negotiations.

On the East Sea issue, the diplomat stated that peace, security and maritime and aviation freedom and safety were in the common interest of regional countries, as well as the US and the rest of the world. — VNS

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