Activities of President Clinton and entourage in Hanoi

Ha Noi, Nov. 18 (VNA)-- U.S. President W. J. Clinton and his wife and daughter this morning, Nov. 18, visited an excavation site of the joint task force on missing soldiers in Tien Chau village, Me Linh district, Vinh Phuc province.

The U.S. President was accompanied by Senator John Kerry and two sons of Lt. Colonel Lawrence G. Evert, who was shot down at the site in 1967.

Vietnamese and US Presidents hold talks

Ha Noi, Nov. 18 (VNA) -- Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong held talks with visiting US President William Jefferson Clinton on Nov. 17 right after the State welcome ceremony.

On behalf of the State and people of Viet Nam, President Tran Duc Luong welcomed the first visit to independent and unified Viet Nam by President Clinton, his wife and entourage, describing it as a new step of development in the process of improving the relations between the two countries.

National Assembly Chairman appreciates US Congressmen's role

Ha Noi, Nov. 17 (VNA) -- National Assembly Chairman Nong Duc Manh has highlighted the active role of US congressmen, including Senator John Kerry, in the improvement of relations between Viet Nam and the United States of America.

Mr. Manh expressed his appreciation while receiving on Nov. 17 a US congressional delegation who accompany President William Jefferson Clinton on his visit to Viet Nam.

Vietnam signs oil and gas contract with US Companies

Ha Noi, Nov. 17 (VNA) -- The Viet Nam Oil and Gas Corporation (PetroVietnam) signed a product sharing contract (PSC) with Samedan Vietnam Ltd. and the OPECO International Gas Ltd. of the U.S. in Ha Noi on Nov. 17, for the 2,000 sq. km. lot 12W in Nam Con Son basin, offshore Viet Nam's continental shelf.

The contractors had drilled two wells in Hai Au field, estimating reserves of 5-7 billion cu. m. of gas and 0.6-0.7 million barrels of condensate oil.

The contract has a duration of 25 years for crude oil and 30 years for natural gas.

President Clinton welcomed in Vietnam

A state ceremony was held at the Presidential Palace in Ha Noi morning, Nov. 17, to welcome President William Jefferson Clinton of the United States of America and his spouse, who arrived in the evening of Nov. 16 for a four-day official visit, the first by an American president to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.

Present at the ceremony were President Tran Duc Luong and his wife and other senior officials of the Vietnamese State and Government and the Ha Noi administration.

US President Clinton starts visit to Vietnam

Ha Noi, Nov. 17 (VNA) -- President of the United States of America William Jefferson Clinton and his spouse arrived in Ha Noi on Nov. 16 night, commencing a four-day official visit to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.

US President W.J. Clinton pays official visit to Vietnam

Ha Noi, Nov. 16 (VNA) -- President William Jefferson Clinton of the United States of America arrived in Ha Noi evening, Nov. 16, beginning an official visit to Viet Nam from Nov. 16-19.

The visit is made at the invitation of President Tran Duc Luong.

The US President is accompanied by his spouse Hillary Clinton, his daughter Chelsea Clinton and his mother-in-law Dorothy Rodham.

Viet Nam's garment and textile plans to earn 1 billion USD

Ha Noi, Nov. 8 (VNA) -- Viet Nam's garment and textile industry plans to earn around USD 1 billion per year from exports to the United States in the first year after the Viet Nam-US trade agreement comes into effect.

The industry obtained an export turnover of USD 60 million from the export of garments and textiles to the US this year.

According to garments and textile exporters, the US market has a high demand for imported garments and textiles. However, Viet Nam has exported its products to the US market through sub-contracts.

US Fund for UNICEF visits Vietnam

Ha Noi, Nov. 8 (VNA) -- A delegation of the US Fund for UNICEF co-headed by its Deputy President in charge of marketing and development Diana Whitty and Internet Director Lori Sehroter started a three-day working visit to Viet Nam on Nov. 8 to inspect child protection and care in Viet Nam.

The visit aims to raise funds for the UNICEF-Viet Nam cooperation programme in the 2001-2005 period.

Tran Thi Thanh Thanh, Minister-Chairwoman of the State Committee for Protection and Care of Children (SCPCC), received the delegation in Ha Noi.

Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien on Vietnam-US relations

Ha Noi, Nov. 8 (VNA) -- Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien has granted an interview to Viet Nam News Agency on the development of Viet Nam-U.S. relations.

Following is the full text of the interview:

Question: Could you please tell us how you evaluate the developments in Viet Nam-U.S. relations over the recent past?

Answer: Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Viet Nam and the U.S. in 1995, the relations between the two countries have made inspiring progress in many fields.