Meeting with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry,
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc spoke highly of the former’s contributions to
normalizing and promoting bilateral ties between Vietnam and the US.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry in Hanoi on January 13.
The PM expressed his delight at the development of the relationship
between Vietnam and the US, especially since the establishment of the
comprehensive partnership in 2013, and believes the two countries will
further strengthen their stable, long-term, practical and effective ties
based on respecting each other’s institutions and roadmap towards
The Prime Minister was quoted by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) as
saying that the two sides need to devise a plan to continue maintaining
cooperation, including facilitating exchanges and conducting joint work
in post-war recovery and expanding other areas of cooperation.
He reiterated the invitation to US President-elect Donald Trump to
visit and attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit to
be hosted by Vietnam later this year, and spoke highly of Mr. Kerry’s
contributions to normalizing and promoting bilateral ties between the
two countries over the decades.
The PM affirmed that Vietnam will continue partnering with the new US
administration to push forward the stable, long-standing, practical and
effective bilateral ties.
Secretary Kerry said he believes the new administration will continue
the policy of strengthening ties with the region, including Vietnam, and
vowed to be a friend of Vietnam and its people.
Sharing the view that the Fulbright University Vietnam is one of the
outstanding examples of Vietnam-US ties, PM Phuc and Mr. Kerry committed
to speeding up the project.
Earlier on the same day, Vietnam’s acting Foreign Minister Bui Thanh
Son and Mr. Kerry held talks in Hanoi, during which the two sides spoke
of measures to enhance the comprehensive partnership in the future.
According to VNA, Mr. Son asked the US to soon recognize Vietnam as a
market economy, open the door wider to Vietnamese goods, and reduce
He also called on the US to prioritize cooperation in addressing the
consequences of war, especially dioxin decontamination at Da Nang and
Bien Hoa airports, and to effectively implement the Joint Vision
Statement on Defense Cooperation signed in 2015 and the Memorandum of
Understanding on Defense Cooperation signed in 2011.
Regarding regional and international issues, Mr. Son underlined the
significance of the ASEAN-US Strategic Partnership, stressing that
Vietnam is willing to coordinate with the US to increase the central
role of ASEAN and assist the bloc in building a regional architecture in
the 21st century.
Regarding the East Sea, the two sides stressed the need to abide by
international law and legal and diplomatic processes to settle disputes
to maintain peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation
and aviation at sea.
Mr. Kerry expressed his pleasure to return to Vietnam. He was quoted by
VNA as saying that the two countries’ relations have developed well in
many facets over the last 20 years.
He reiterated the US’s commitment to respecting Vietnam’s political
institutions, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and
in supporting Vietnam to host the APEC Summit 2017.
The US is willing to provide more assistance to Vietnam to cope with
climate change, especially in developing clean energy, building
sustainable infrastructure, and managing water resources and ecological
systems, and in accelerating the implementation of dioxin detoxification
at Da Nang and Bien Hoa airports.
He noted that the official operation of the Fulbright University Vietnam
will contribute to developing high-quality human resources in Vietnam.
He also supported the central role of ASEAN and stressed that the US
will continue coordinating with the association to strengthen intra-bloc
solidarity and promote the ASEAN-US strategic partnership
The US also advocated the settlement of disputes in the East Sea via
peaceful means and legal and diplomatic processes on the basis of
international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the
Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).