Trong noted with satisfaction the marked progress in bilateral relations, especially after the two countries established comprehensive partnership in July 2013, and said they need to maintain and promote Vietnam-US relations at all levels.
He proposed the US increase cooperation with Vietnam within existing mechanisms and frameworks, and support the country in overcoming war aftermath, including clearing unexploded ordnance and assisting victims of Agent Orange/dioxin.
|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (R) proposed US help overcome war aftermath while receiving Patrick Leahy, President pro tempore of the US Senate, in Hanoi on April 17
He said he expects to see new developments in bilateral friendship and cooperation, primarily when the two countries are celebrating 20 years of diplomatic ties in 2015.
Senator Patrick Leahy spoke highly of Vietnam’s increasing role and position globally, and said the Congress and government of the US want to further strengthen all-round cooperation with Vietnam to realise their comprehensive partnership.
He showed his interest in developing relations between the two legislative bodies and voiced his support for establishing and strengthening relations through delegation exchanges between the two countries.
He thanked the State and people of Vietnam for their goodwill towards the search for US personnel missing in action (MIA), and pledged to cooperate with Vietnam in addressing war aftermath.
Both host and guest exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual concern.