|Former US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh hosted a reception for John Kerry in Hanoi on January 16, during which he greatly values the US diplomat’s great efforts and contributions to the enhancement of the bilateral relations while welcoming Kerry’s continued attention to Vietnam.
Minh also briefed John Kerry on the recent developments in the Vietnam-US relationship and plans to further promote bilateral ties in the time ahead while extolled the recent progress in bilateral cooperation in education, environmental protection, and water resources development, in particular the projects of the Fulbright University Vietnam and the Lower Mekong Initiative.
The Deputy PM suggested Kerry continue supporting development cooperation, particularly in economy-trade-investment, education, science-technology, the settlement of the impact from the war, and climate change response.
In reply, Kerry showed his elation at the vigorous growth of the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership and pledged his sustained efforts to help advance the two countries’ relations no matter he holds whatever positions.
He thanked the Vietnamese Government and Foreign Ministry for supporting educational cooperation projects, including the Fulbright University Vietnam, expressing his confidence that that these projects will contribute to spurring Vietnam’s development and deepening bilateral relations in the future.
Kerry also laid stress on the importance of clean and renewable energy to the sustainable socio-economic development of both nations and assured his readiness to continue assisting Vietnam in renewable energy development and the attraction of external resources to this sector.
He added that he will share Vietnam’s interests with the US side and back mutually beneficial cooperation activities.
The same day, head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission Nguyen Van Binh, who is also a Politburo member and Secretary of the Committee met with the former US Secretary of State.
Regarding the Vietnam Economic Forum 2019, Kerry called for broader bilateral cooperation in the energy sector and suggested setting up a joint venture to help Vietnam with building up its energy infrastructure.
He promised his constant efforts to make this idea come true as a contribution to local sustainable development.