Prime Misnister Pham Minh Chinh receives US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, now on a working visit to the US and the United Nations, received US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington DC in May 13 morning (local time).
Prime Misnister receives US Secretary of State
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. (Photo: VNA)

The Prime Minister congratulated the US for its timely response to the COVID-19 pandemic and successfully bringing life back to normal, and thanked the government and people for providing Viet Nam with nearly 40 million vaccine doses at a point of time when Viet Nam was in difficulty.

On bilateral relations, the Prime Minister stressed they have a special history. Going through upheavals, they have now achieved long and positive progress, in which the historical visit to the US 7 years ago by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong laid a firm foundation and created a basis for the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership to develop intensively and extensively, in the principle of respect to each other’s political institutions, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, for the sake of peace, cooperation and development in the region and the world over, bringing about practical benefits to the two peoples.

Prime Minister Chinh affirmed that the US is one of Viet Nam’s partners of the top importance, and spoke highly of the country’s policy of supporting Vietnam as powerful, independent and prosperous. He welcomed positive achievements in bilateral relations over the recent past, and asked the US to continue pushing the activities of cooperation with and support to Vietnam in various fields.

Agreeing with Prime Minister Chinh’s opinions on the positive growth and potential of Viet Nam – US relations, Blinken reiterated that the US supports Viet Nam as strong, independent and prosperous.

He stated the US considers the issue of overcoming the war consequences one of the high priorities in its relations with Viet Nam and will continue to work closely with the Southeast Asian nation in this field.

Congratulating Viet Nam on its achievements in the COVID-19 fight, the diplomat said he hopes Viet Nam will continue to actively join the international efforts in controlling the disease.

He welcomed Viet Nam's commitments at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), affirming that the US will assist the country in implementing them.

The two also exchanged ideas on regional and international matters of common interest, with the Prime Minister welcoming the organisation of the ASEAN-US Special Summit as contributing to strengthening the comprehensive and responsible cooperation between the two sides in particular and between the Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean regions in general.

They agreed to emphasise the importance of ensuring peace, freedom, security and safety of navigation and aviation in the East Sea; and of settling disputes by peaceful means on the basis of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), helping to maintain peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world over.

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(Source: VNA)