Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had a meeting with
US President Donald Trump in Hanoi on November 12, during which the later expressed
his pleasure to meet the Vietnamese Government leader again.
The two sides said they were satisfied with the development
in the bilateral relations after the US visit by PM Phuc in May 2017,
particularly in the fields of politics-diplomacy, economics-trade,
security-defense, and settlement of post-war consequences.
Vietnam and the US vowed to strengthen relations
on the basis of respecting the respective independence, sovereignty,
territorial integrity, and political systems, for the benefits of both peoples
as well as peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and
around the world.
The host and guest exchanged specific measures
to promote economic-trade-investment partnership, focusing on building a
win-win cooperation framework, minimising trade-investment disputes, and
implementing more effectively signed economic deals.
PM Phuc said Vietnam has been improving the business
environment and encouraging US companies to make investment in the country. He
called for stronger coordination to address issues of mutual concern based on
promoting trade for mutual benefits.
He thanked the US for opening its market for
Vietnam’s star apples and proposed the US consider the import of Vietnamese
mangoes and other fruits while simplifying import procedures of the catfish inspection
programme and soon launching a working group on Vietnam’s market economy mechanism.
President Trump agreed to step up win-win
economic-trade-investment cooperation with Vietnam, and lauded Vietnam’s effort
in handling prioritised trade issues, such as the opening of its market for US farm produce,
industrial products, and information-technology products and services.
While discussing the regional situation, the two
sides agreed to address disputes in the East Sea via peaceful means and in line
with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea
(UNCLOS), while respecting diplomatic and legal processes, implementing fully
and effectively the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea
(DOC), and soon signing a Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Sea.
They pledged to strengthen coordination at
regional cooperation mechanisms, including the upcoming East Asia Summit in the
President Trump affirmed that the US will push
ahead with cooperation with Vietnam to promote the bilateral comprehensive
partnership in a more practical and effective manner.
On November 12 afternoon, the President left
Hanoi, wrapping up his State visit to Vietnam on November 11-12 at the
invitation of President Tran Dai Quang.-VNA