Vietnam looks forward to strengthening bilateral ties with U.S.

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Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem said here on Thursday that Vietnam expected to strengthen bilateral ties with the United States in the time to come, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Khiem made the statement while meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton here on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 43rd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and related meetings.

At the meeting, Khiem expressed his pleasure on the improvements in Vietnam-U.S. relations in the past 15 years, especially in science and technology, education, and national security and defence. He said development in bilateral ties brought benefits to two countries and greatly contributed to the peace, security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

Khiem thanked the U.S. government for supporting Vietnam's social development projects and called for more assistance in the future.

The deputy prime minister also proposed the United States not to impose tariffs and trade barriers on imports from Vietnam.

During the meeting, the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appreciated Vietnam's dynamic development and its increasing role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Clinton praised Vietnam's ASEAN chairmanship in this year, adding that the country has advanced ASEAN cooperation and relationship with international partners like the United States.

The United States will continue to promote comprehensive relationship with Vietnam, considering the enhancement of economic cooperation as the motivation of the development of bilateral relations, according to Clinton.

Source: Xinhua


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