Vietnam attaches importance to relations with the US

Ha Noi, Jan. 16 (VNA) -- Viet Nam attached importance to its relationship with the United States, National Assembly Chairman Nong Duc Manh told a visiting U.S. House of Representatives delegation led by Democratic Party leader Richard Gerphardt, in Ha Noi on Jan. 16.

Mr. Manh said that Viet Nam had persistently implemented its policy of peace, friendship and cooperation with all countries on the basis of respecting each other's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, equality and to their mutual benefit.

He expressed his delight at positive steps of development in relations between the two countries in the recent past, saying that they had signed many cooperation agreements, including the Bilateral Trade Agreement.

He welcomed the delegation's visit, saying that it would contribute to boosting the relationship and cooperation between the two legislative bodies in particular and the two countries in general.

The NA Chairman highlighted Viet Nam's active cooperation in searching for American servicemen reported missing in action during the Viet Nam war.

He said that he hoped the United States would help overcome the consequences of war in Viet Nam, including the settlement of issues relating to Vietnamese armymen missing in action, mine and bomb clearance and Agent Orange victims.

In response, Mr.Gerphardt thanked the Vietnamese people for their cooperation in MIA issues. He said that he hoped Viet Nam would play an important role in the region and in the world trade system.

Mr. Gerphardt also expressed his belief that the U.S. Congress would ratify the Bilateral Trade Agreement in the near future.

Congressman Gerphardt was received by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dzung the same day.--VNA