Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the statement while receiving Senators John McCain and Sheldon Whitehouse in Hanoi on August 9.
He spoke highly of effective cooperation in the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership as well as both sides’ effort in boosting bilateral relations in recent times.
He proposed that the US support Vietnam in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement negotiations, taking into account the country’s development levels. He said successful negotiations and the signing of the trade pact will significantly benefit the two countries.
The PM expressed Vietnam’s desire to increase cooperation with the US in national defence and security, and therefore, he proposed the US support Vietnam in improving its capacity to defend national sovereignty.
He also asked for US assistance in overcoming the consequences of the past war, especially addressing unexploded ordnance and dioxin issues.
Stressing the importance of internet security, the PM said Vietnam is ready to cooperate with the US in this field.
Regarding human rights issues, Dung said Vietnam is making every effort to better guarantee fundamental human rights, as human rights are the legitimate goal and requirement of Vietnamese people.
He told his guests that the human rights situation in Vietnam has improved significantly in recent years and Vietnam is willing to conduct frank dialogue on human rights with the US.
Senators McCain and Whitehouse said their visit aimed to strengthen US-Vietnam cooperation in various areas.
They said that peace, stability and security in Asia, and South East Asia in particular, are being threatened by unjustifiable territorial claims, including China’s nine-dotted line claim, which are the root cause of instability in the region.
To ensure peace, security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea, they said parties concerned need to fully observe international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), stop using force to intimidate each other, and settle disputes through peaceful measures.