President hails outgoing US Ambassador's contributions to bilateral ties

VOV.VN - President Tran Dai Quang praised US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius' positive contributions and his important role in promoting the Vietnam-US ties while receiving the outgoing diplomat, who came to bid farewell on October 30 in Hanoi.

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President Quang congratulated the ambassador on his successful term, saying he is glad that Osius will continue to propel bilateral ties forward, especially in education-training, when he holds the post of Vice President of the Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV).

The Vietnamese State leader also praised Osius for having helped hold exchange visits by Vietnamese and US leaders, including a historic visit to the US by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong in July 2015, a visit to Vietnam by US President Barack Obama in July 2016, a tour of the US by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in May 2017, and a forthcoming trip to Vietnam by President Donald Trump.

During the ambassador’s tenure since 2014, bilateral trade has surged by more than 47%, Quang noted while lauding the US’ efforts to complete the detoxification of Da Nang airport and continue detoxifying Bien Hoa airport.

Quang expressed his delight at the fruitful bilateral cooperation in regional and international issues, including marine security, search and rescue, and response to natural disasters and effective coordination at multilateral forums.

He thanked the US for helping the Vietnam Coast Guard improve its law enforcement capacity and assisting the country's participation in the UN peacekeeping operations.

He also suggested Osius, in his capacity as FUV Vice President,  make greater contributions to developing the countries’ education-training cooperation.

Osius, in turn, said he is elated to continue his stay in Vietnam in the new position. He said the new US Ambassador to Vietnam is looking forwards  to coming to the country and presenting his credentials to President Quang before the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week opens in Da Nang in early November.

Concerning President Trump’s visit to Vietnam and attendance in the week, President Quang affirmed Vietnam's readiness to welcome the US President, adding that the two sides will have straightforward discussions on the basis of mutual understanding with a view to further strengthening bilateral ties.

Osius said he is impressed with Vietnam’s preparations for the APEC Year 2017, stating the organisation of APEC meetings in different localities has showed the country’s dynamism and activeness, thereby helping foreign leaders and businesses to gain a better understanding about the country and people.

The US Embassy has made thorough preparations for the upcoming visit by President Trump, he said while expressing his belief that the success of the trip will represent a landmark in the bilateral relationship.

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