|President Truong Tan Sang receives US senator Patrick Leahy during his visit to Viet Nam. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS)— President Truong Tan Sang has praised the commitment of the United States towards strengthening its long-term interests in peace, stability, co-operation and development in the Asia-Pacific.
At a reception for US Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy and his entourage yesterday in Ha Noi, Sang said Viet Nam attached much importance to the development of its ties with the US, always seeing the country as its top partner.
He said the time was ripe for the two countries to bolster their partnership as they were sharing a string of bilateral, regional and global interests in economics, the maintenance of regional peace and stability, climate-change issues and anti-terrorist activities.
He spoke highly of the US Senate's role in stepping up bilateral connections in past years and held out hope it would support the reduction trade barriers to Vietnamese goods, the early recognition of Viet Nam's market economy, and Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
The President also thanked Leahy for his contributions to helping Agent Orange/Dioxin victims and removing unexploded ordnance throughout the country.
Leahy told his host about the outcomes of his working sessions with Vietnamese leaders, saying the two countries were making progress, especially since they set up their strategic partnership last July.
He said the US hoped for further effective affiliation with Viet Nam, especially in economics, trade, investment, science and technology, education and training.
He added that the US was keen on helping heal the pains of Agent Orange/Dioxin.
Leahy underscored the importance of Viet Nam-US co-operation in maintaining peace, stability, co-operation and development in the region and the world.
The US Senator said he was happy to see that relationships between the two countries had become much brighter.
He and his party praised Viet Nam's reform achievements, saying these enabled the country to better deal with social issues.
Leahy arrived in Ha Noi on Wednesday for a five-day official visit. — VNS