US seeks to boost Washington-Hanoi partnership

The US wants to promote the comprehensive partnership with Vietnam in a stable and sustainable manner, based on mutual respect for each other’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity and political institutions, said US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien.

He was speaking during a meeting at the Government Guest House in Hanoi with students, lecturers and postgraduates from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV) during his official visit over the weekend.

O’Brien affirmed the US supports a strong, independent and prosperous Vietnam, and expressed his admiration for Vietnam’s history and culture, as well as lasting impression on a dynamic and hospitable country.

Looking back at progress in the bilateral relations in the past 25 years, he spoke highly of their cooperative achievements in the fields of politics-diplomacy, defence-security, economy-trade, settlement of war consequences, and people-to-people exchanges.

He said that 25 years ago, the two nations set aside a difficult history, and established a friendship which has grown into a strong and comprehensive partnership, rooted in trust and understanding.

He said Americans and Vietnamese have traded and invested in each other’s countries, creating countless jobs for their people.

He particularly stressed the flexible organisation of activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic relations during the Covid-19 pandemic and thanked Vietnam for its support in the search for US servicemen missing since wartime in Vietnam.

The US will continue with projects on dioxin detoxification, bomb and mine clearance, support for people with disabilities, and search for remains of Vietnamese soldiers, making a contribution to increasing trust between the two nations.

He added that both countries are working closely to combat transnational crime and wildlife trafficking, strengthen water security, and increase energy security following the launch of the Mekong-US Partnership in September.

“As we have overcome the legacies of war, we have created opportunities for our children to grow while strengthening our bonds, ” he said.

“One example of our partnership is the fact that nearly 30,000 Vietnamese students now study in the US.”

He also congratulated Vietnam on successfully performing the role of Asean chair during a very tough year, saying the US backs the Asean’s central role and will continue to develop the Asean-US strategic partnership and Mekong-US partnership.

O’Brien also expressed hope that both nations will enhance coordination in addressing common challenges, contributing to maintaining peace, stability, security and development in the region and the world. — Vietnam News/ANN

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