US Secretary of State’s statement on 25th anniversary of VN-US diplomatic relations
13:25 | 11/07/2020

VGP - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on July 11 released a Statement on the 25th anniversary of the Viet Nam-US diplomatic relations.

He wrote that over the last quarter century, the two countries have built a partnership and friendship founded on shared interests, mutual respect, and people-to-people ties. 

The sides' everyday interactions are highlighted by increasing trade and investment ties, strategic cooperation, and collaboration on humanitarian and legacy of war issues, including the solemn duty of accounting for our wartime missing.

In recent years, both countries have strengthened and expanded our Comprehensive Partnership, based on a shared vision of a stable and peaceful Indo-Pacific region, as well as respect for each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political systems. 

He commends Viet Nam for its outstanding Chairmanship of ASEAN this year, especially in coordinating ASEAN’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and issues related to economic recovery.

The ties between the American and Vietnamese peoples grow deeper every year.  America’s vibrant and engaged Vietnamese-American community makes our country strong and prosperous, according to Pompeo. 

The US Secretary of State values the cross-cultural role played by the nearly 30,000 Vietnamese students studying in the United States and more than 1,200 Americans studying in Viet Nam annually. 

The US looks forward to Fulbright University Viet Nam graduating its first class of undergraduates in 2023 as well as to the imminent conclusion of an agreement that will bring Peace Corps volunteers to Viet Nam for the first time ever, fostering stronger ties between the nations' peoples.

Viet Nam have twice welcomed President Trump to Ha Noi, and expressed their confidence in the President and the American people to work with our partners and allies to bring about a new era of prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.

Secretary Pompeo affirmed that the US is committed to that goal and to making the next 25 years of bilateral ties a model of international cooperation and partnership.

On Saturday, Party General Secretary, State President Nguyen Phu Trong and US President Donald Trump have exchanged congratulatory letters on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

On the occasion, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan also exchanged congratulatory messages with President Donald Trump, Vice President Micheal Pence, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh extended congratulations to US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.

* Earlier on July 11, 1995, Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet and US President Bill Clinton announced the normalization of Viet Nam-US diplomatic relationship./.

By Thuy Dung  

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