President welcomes US Senator John McCain


Viet Nam considers the US one of important partners and wants to continue boosting the Viet Nam - US comprehensive partnership based on respecting each other’s political institution and the win-win relations for peace, stability and development in the region.



President Tran Dai Quang made the statement at his reception in Hanoi on June 1 for a visiting delegation of the US Senate Committee on Armed Services led by its Chairman Senator John McCain.


The State leader lauded and thanked Senator John McCain and US friends for making important contributions to deepening the Viet Nam-US ties in more practical and effective manner in all fields and on the regional and global arena.


He proposed that the US congress continue supporting the ending of the US Department of Agriculture’s catfish inspection program and the acceleration of bilateral trade through importing Vietnamese commodities as well as bringing more US goods to the Vietnamese market.


He also asked the US side to continue assisting Viet Nam in completing the detoxification of Da Nang airport and launch the work in Bien Hoa airport.


Both sides should also enhance cooperation in search and rescue during natural disasters and increase partnership in the defense industry, he stated.


For his part, Senator McCain underlined that the US-Viet Nam comprehensive partnership is in the best time since the countries normalized their diplomatic relations.


The senator confirmed that he supports the US congress and government to continue cooperating with and supporting Viet Nam in implementing the Agent orange/dioxin detoxification project, overcoming war aftermaths, search and rescue, and other areas of shared interest.


He highlighted the US’ stance of favoring maritime and aviation freedom in the region, and affiliations among countries to prevent security risks to growth and stability.


Sharing McCain’s opinions, President Tran Dai Quang stressed that a stable environment is a significant factor to any country during socio-economic development.


Viet Nam persists in its position of settling disputes through diplomatic measures, dialogues, and international law, especially the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea as well as ASEAN mechanisms such as the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, looking towards a Code of Conduct in the East Sea. -VNA