US Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City

VNA Ha Noi, Aug. 16 -- The US Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City opened the American official consulate at No. 4, Le Duan str., today, Aug. 16.

The opening ceremony was attended by US Ambassador to Viet Nam Pete Peterson, and US Assistant Secretary of State Mary Ryan, and US Senator Charles T. Hagel, US Consul General Charles Ray and other foreign Consuls General in Ho Chi Minh City.

US Senator arrives amid

VNA Hanoi Aug. 15

US House of Representatives Supports President Clinton's Decision on Jackson Vanik Waiver Extension

The US House of Representatives on August 3rd voted 297 to 130 to endorse President Clinton's decision to extend the waiver of Jackson-Vanik amendment for Vietnam. Compared to the 1998 vote (260 to 163) this time there were 37 more congressmen supporting the President.

We welcome that outcome which can be viewed as a steppingstone in the path of improved relations between the United States and Vietnam. Meanwhile, it is a necessary step toward the full normalization of trade relations with the signing and the approval of the Bilateral Trade Agreement.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam received US Assistant Secretary of State Stanley Roth

The first exchange of views on political and foreign policy between Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US State Department, was held on July 29 in Hanoi. The Vietnamese delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Dinh Bin and the US delegation led by Assistant Secretary of State Stanley Roth. US Ambassador to Vietnam Pete Peterson also joined the exchange.

Substantial Progress in Vietnam-US trade agreement negotiations

VNA Ha Noi, July 23 -- Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dzung expressed satisfaction at the substantial progress in the negotiation process for a bilateral trade agreement between Vietnam and the US while receiving deputy US Trade Representative Richard Fisher in Ha Noi on July 23.

Seminar on Vietnam-US Business Ties Held in Hanoi

Ha Noi, July 22 (VNA) -- Vietnamese and American business people acknowledged their governments and trade organizations' efforts to improve the business and investment environment at a seminar in Ha Noi today (July 22).

Present at the seminar were Hoang Van Dzung, Deputy General Secretary of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), US Ambassador to Vietnam Pete Peterson, and business people of the two countries.

The participants exchanged information on trade and investment operations over the past time, especially in recent years.

US Vietnam trade negotiation

On 24 June, answering Dow Jones correspondent's question about Vietnam's comments on alleged failure of the 8th round of negotiations over the trade agreement between Vietnam and the U.S., the foreign ministry spokesperson said:

Answer: The correspondent's remark on the results of the 8th round of negotiations over the trade agreement between Vietnam and the U.S. was impractical. The head of the Vietnamese delegation and the American trade representative have noted much progress made during this round.

Vietnam-US Trade Agreement Gets Closer

From June 14th to 18th Vietnam and the US had conducted the eighth round of talks on their bilateral trade agreement in Washington DC. At the final session, the two sides summed up the results of the last eight rounds of talk, of which the first round began in September 1996.

Both sides agreed that with great efforts, two countries had narrowed the gap of the remaining issues and could find out a common view in almost every issue for a complete trade agreement.

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