US sees Vietnam as significant partner

(VNA) Vietnam is an important partner of the US in its relations with the region and with ASEAN, said US Vice Secretary of State Robert D. Hormats.
The statement came during talks on April 12 between the Vice Secretary of State and Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem in Hanoi .

During the function, both sides informed each other of the latest developments in bilateral relations between Vietnam and the US , agreeing that they are faring well in various areas, especially economics, trade and investment.

Deputy PM Khiem said there is a lot of potential for both countries to develop their across-the-board relations.

He also informed Vice Secretary of State Hormats of the results of the 16th ASEAN Summit which just concluded in Hanoi .

He said US cooperation with the ASEAN is highly valued and expressed the wish for its continued support for Vietnam as chair of the bloc in order to promote peace, stability and prosperity for the Southeast Asian and Asia-Pacific regions.

On the same day, the US diplomat had meetings with Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc; Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Thanh Bien and the Foreign Minister’s Assistant Pham Quang Vinh where they discussed measures to further boost bilateral relations as the 15th anniversary of the Vietnam-US diplomatic ties is approaching./.