Vietnam, US forge closer ties

(VOVWORLD) -A delegation of the Communist Party of Vietnam led by Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Hoang Binh Quan has paid a working visit to the US.

The delegation took part in working sessions with representatives of left-wing parties in the US, leaders of the Communist Party USA, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the Chairman of the Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee at the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, along with officials of the State Department and the US National Security Council. During the meetings, the delegation affirmed the Vietnamese Party and State’s consistent policy of treasuring the friendship and comprehensive cooperation with the US, and enhancing trust to boost the stable, substantive and sustainable development of bilateral relations. They also welcomed US President Donald Trump’s planned  attendance at the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Vietnam this November. Both sides agreed to promote existing cooperation mechanisms, step up economic-trade-investment cooperation to turn it into a foundation and momentum for bilateral ties, and bolster defense-security cooperation. Vietnam and the US will continue prioritizing war consequence settlements and humanitarian aid cooperation. The visiting delegation also asked the US to soon recognize Vietnam as a market economy, be more open to agricultural products of Vietnam, and reduce trade barriers. At the meetings, the US shared the view that it is critical to promote the settlement of regional hot spots through peaceful means and based on international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, to ensure peace and freedom of navigation in and overflight over the East Sea, and to tackle the risk of conflict escalation towards denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.