Vietnamese leaders welcome Secretary Hillary Clinton

* The Vietnamese Party leader has suggested the US increase the exchange of delegations at all levels and boost cooperation with Vietnam within existing frameworks and in the fields of economics, trade, investment, science, technology, education-training, environmental protection and climate change management. 
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong made the suggestion at a reception given to visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Hanoi on July 10. 
Welcoming the visit, the third made by Clinton since 2010, the CPV leader said he is pleased with the progresses of the two countries’ multi-faceted cooperation, especially in economic and trade area, since establishing diplomatic ties in 1995. 
While stressing Vietnam ’s consistent foreign policy of peaceful independence, self-reliance, peace, cooperation and development, multilateralisation and diversification of relations, and active and proactive international integration, Trong affirmed that the US is an important partner of Vietnam . 
He also spoke highly of the active role of the US Secretary of State and her husband, former US President Bill Clinton, in fostering the friendship and cooperation between the two nations. 
Clinton informed her host of the results of her talks and meetings with Vietnamese leaders. She expressed her pleasure to return to Vietnam and witness the country’s achievements in its renewal process, national construction and development over recent years. 
She highly valued Vietnam ’s increasing position and role in the region and in the world, affirming that the US administration wants to further strengthen effective multifaceted cooperation within regional mechanisms and countries, including Vietnam . 
The strong development of economic, trade, educational and training relations between the two countries is encouraging US businesses to invest in the Vietnamese market, she noted. 
At the meeting, Trong and Clinton exchanged views on some regional and international issues of common concern, including maintaining regional peace and stability. The two sides affirmed the importance of strengthening cooperation at regional and international forums./.Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on Tuesday received US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who is on a two-day official visit to Vietnam.


* Applauding the visit made by the US Secretary of State, PM Dung urged the two countries to enhance bilateral cooperation on the basis of independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit, contributing to peace, stability and development in the region and the world.
The Government chief said Vietnam gives priority to bolstering cooperation with the US in economics, trade, investment, science and technology, education and training, environment, and humanitarian activities.
US Secretary of State Clinton spoke highly of Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements. She also expressed her pleasure at the progress of the relations between the two countries.
Both sides should continue discussing on lifting up the bilateral ties toward strategic partnership, said the US Secretary of State, adding that the US Government pledges to respect Vietnam’s independence and sovereignty, support Vietnam’s development and prosperity as well as its increasing role in the region and the world.
The US attaches importance to consolidating multi-faceted cooperation with Vietnam, she emphasized.
During the reception, PM Dung and US Secretary of State Clinton also exchanged views on recent situations in the East Sea and cooperation in the Mekong Subregion.
The two sides underscored the importance of maintaining peace, stability and cooperation, maritime security and safety in the East Sea. All the disputes in the East Sea must be settled through peaceful means, with respect to international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), while working toward the conclusion of a more legally-binding Code of Conduct.
Expressing her concern over recent developments in the East Sea, the US Secretary of State affirmed the US Government strongly advocates coastal countries’ rights in their exclusive economic zones and continental shelves in accordance with the UNCLOS.