VOV.VN - The two countries have great potential for stronger development in the time ahead, including in new areas such as climate change adaptation and epidemic response.
US Ambassador Marc E. Knapper was speaking this during a reception given by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi on April 25.
During the reception for the US diplomat who paid a courtesy visit marking the start of his working term in Vietnam, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong congratulated the guest on taking on a new important task in the nation, while stating that Vietnam has never had potential, position and international prestige like today, first of all, thanks to its proper internal and external policies.
Knapper expressed his pleasure and honor to return to work as the US Ambassador to Vietnam, while affirming his nation’s readiness to support a strong, independent and prosperous Vietnam and promote the two countries' relations on the basis of respecting each other's political institutions.
He said he will make every effort to contribute to propelling US-Vietnam relations forward in the time to come.
The Party chief hailed the positive development of bilateral relations over the past time in the spirit of "putting aside the past, overcoming differences, promoting similarities, and looking towards the future".
He affirmed that Vietnam is pursuing the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, cooperation and development, multilateralization and diversification of foreign relations, in which it continues to enhance the ties of cooperation and friendship between the two countries on the basis of mutual respect, for both nations’ interests, and for the sake of peace, friendship and cooperation in the region and the world as a whole.
Trong suggested Ambassador Knapper continue making positive contributions to the development of both countries' relations and wished him plenty of successes during his term of office in Vietnam.