|Senator Jim Risch, Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee
The Senator expressed the view in a statement released on July 11 (Washington time), celebrating the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam.
In his statement, Risch noted that over the past quarter century, the United States and Vietnam have overcome the wounds of war to build a strong partnership in the areas of trade, development, public health, energy, defense, and people-to-people ties.
“I am committed to advancing U.S. efforts to support a strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam and deepen our comprehensive partnership. The United States must continue to prioritize engagement with Vietnam on important areas such as regional security, trade and economic cooperation, as well as human rights and the rule of law.”
He also voiced the US recognition and support for Vietnam’s chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as the Southeast Asian nation assumed that role this year. Despite limitations on in-person engagements this year due to COVID-19, he said the United States applauds Vietnam’s work in promoting a “Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN.”
“The United States remains committed to future cooperation with Vietnam and other ASEAN partners to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region and tackle shared challenges,” Risch stressed.
He said he is looking forward to further strengthening the US relationship with Vietnam over the next 25 years and beyond.