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Vietnam, U.S. pledge to deepen comprehensive partnership
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Vietnam, U.S. pledge to deepen comprehensive partnership

The Saigon Times Daily

U.S. President Donald Trump and Vietnam’s State President Tran Dai Quang hold a joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on November 12 - Photo: VGP

HCMC – Vietnamese State President Tran Dai Quang and U.S. President Donald Trump during their talks in Hanoi on November 12 discussed measures to strengthen the comprehensive partnership between the two countries, according to the Government news website reports.

President Donald Trump arrived in Hanoi last Saturday for a two-day State visit to Vietnam at the invitation of President Tran Dai Quang.

This washis first visit to Vietnam, which was made in the first year of his presidency. It demonstrates the importance the U.S. attaches to its relations with Vietnam, thus fostering bilateral ties in the coming time.

President Quang said he hoped the Vietnam-U.S. relations would continue to grow based on respect of independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and political system of each other.

Vietnam and the U.S. agreed to promote the efficiency of existing cooperation mechanisms, and step up cooperation insettlement of war legacies, people-to-people exchanges, science-technology, education-training, and security-defense.

In a joint statement issued after their formal talks, the two leaders “underscored their commitment to deepen defense cooperation and shared resolve to address regional security challenges.” President Quang thanked the U.S. government for the transfer of a Hamilton-class Coast Guard cutter to help improve Vietnam’s maritime security and law enforcement capabilities.

“Both leaders welcomed the plan for the first visit to a Vietnamese port by a United States aircraft carrier in 2018. They affirmed the 2018-2020 Plan of Action for U.S.-Vietnam Defense Cooperation to implement the 2011 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Advancing Bilateral Defense Cooperation and the 2015 Joint Vision Statement on Defense Relations, strengthening bilateral defense relations in areas of maritime security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping operations, and overcoming war legacy issues.”

President Quang thanked the U.S. for supporting Vietnam to deal with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Damrey.

In the joint statement, the two leaders “reaffirmed the importance of continued cooperation to address the legacies of war. In this regard, President Tran Dai Quang expressed appreciation for the United States’ contribution to the successful dioxin remediation at Danang Airport and welcomed the United States’ commitment to contribute to remediation at Bien Hoa Airport.”

They affirmed that Vietnam and the U.S. share common benefits in maintaining peace, stability, cooperation and development as well as respect international law in the Asia-Pacific region, and agreed to increase coordination at regional and international forums such as Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and ASEAN Defense Ministerial Meeting Plus (ADMM+).

President Quang thanked the U.S. for supporting Vietnam in successfully organizing the Vietnam APEC Year 2017 and proposed the U.S. promote its relations with ASEAN.

President Trump highly valued the role of Vietnam as the host of the event, saying the U.S. would continue supporting the central role of ASEAN and tightenits ties with the regional grouping.

The leaders also reaffirmed their shared commitment to the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law, including full respect for legal and diplomatic processes. According to the statement, they called for the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and an early conclusion to an effective, legally binding Code of Conduct for the East Sea (COC).

Since 2005, the U.S. has become a leading trade partner of Vietnam with two-way trade reaching US$53 billion last year. Vietnam is now one of the 16 most important partners of the U.S. and annual trade growth between the two countries is 20%.

Defense-security cooperation has been maintained based on a Memorandum of Understanding on Advancing Bilateral Defense Cooperation in 2011 and the 2015 Joint Vision Statement on Defense Relations.

On the same day, President Donald Trump had separate meetings with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

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