Deputy PM meets US State Secretary on G20 meeting sidelines

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh reiterated Vietnam’s wish to strengthen ties with the US during his meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Bonn, Germany, on February 17.



The meeting took place on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which Vietnam was invited to participate in as the host of the APEC Year 2017.


Deputy PM Minh spoke highly of Tillerson’s knowledge about and contribution to promoting economic, trade and investment ties between the two countries.


Both officials noted positive and substantive strides in all aspects in the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership.


Minh emphasised that Vietnam treasures and wants to reinforce the friendship, cooperation and comprehensive partnership with the US on the basis of respect for each other’s political regime, thereby meeting the two peoples’ interests.


The diplomats agreed that the two countries need to maintain high-level delegation exchanges and visits.


The Deputy PM repeated Vietnamese leaders’ invitation to US President Donald Trump to attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and dialogues with businesses in Da Nang city this November. He also took this occasion to invite Tillerson to visit Vietnam in the near future.


For his part, Tillerson also expressed his willingness to visit Vietnam and participate in activities within the framework of the APEC Vietnam 2017.


Sharing the understanding on the significance of maintaining and promoting peace, stability and development in the region, the officials also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern./.