|President Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in Hanoi on Thursday
The Vietnamese President thanked the US for giving valuable and timely support to Vietnam in its fight against COVID-19, especially the donation of 5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Vietnam hopes to receive more assistance from the US to access more COVID-19 vaccines to speed up the country’s vaccination campaign, he said
President Phuc underlined the significance of promoting defence cooperation between the two countries, adding that Vietnam expects close coordination from the US in settling war aftermath, MIA searches, bomb and mine clearance, Agent Orange/dioxin detoxification as well as search and rescue operations, humanitarian relief and disaster mitigation.
|The US pledges cooperation with Vietnam to address aftermath of war
Vietnam also expects the US to assist the country in United Nations peacekeeping operations, he added.
The Vietnamese leader pledged to create optimal conditions for the two defence ministries to collaborate in relevant causes.
Vietnam hopes that the US will further deepen its partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for peace and prosperity in the region and the world, President Phuc added.
Austin said that the US wants to see Vietnam’s prosperity and strong development, continue, and to cooperate with Vietnamese agencies more closely and effectively in the future.
The US will continue to partner with Vietnam to develop COVID-19 vaccines, and will do its best to support Vietnam in pandemic prevention and control, he stated.
Austin affirmed that the US will continue to strengthen collaboration with Vietnam in dealing with Agent Orange/dioxin consequences, especially through the project to detoxify dioxin at Bien Hoa airport, thus building and reinforcing mutual trust.
Asserting that the US and Vietnam can expand their cooperation to areas where the two nations hold potential, Austin proposed lifting bilateral ties to a strategic partnership in the future.
He also affirmed that the US will continue to foster ties with ASEAN to maintain peace and security in the region, and commit to build a stronger and better relations with countries in the region.
On the occasion, President Phuc asked Austin to convey his regards to US President Joe Biden and expressed his hope that President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Vietnam in the near future.