Phong showed her elation at the expanded Vietnam-US relations across multiple fields, including politics, economy, trade, science, technology, culture, education, defence and security and noted that Vietnam regards the US as one of its leading economic and trade partners.
The host asked the US side to back the approval of resolutions boosting economic-trade relations with Vietnam on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.
She applauded the important role of the US congress in fostering ties between the two nations, and thanked the congress and government of the US for taking actions to deal with war aftermath in Vietnam, including the bomb and mine clearance and detoxification in Da Nang and Bien Hoa airports.
Duckworth, in turn, congratulated Vietnam on achievements the country has recorded over the years, including the winning of a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council for 2020-2021. Vietnam will assume the role of ASEAN Chair in 2020, she noted.
The Senator suggested both sides should continue maintaining commitments in coping with war consequences in Vietnam, including bomb and mine clearance and detoxification in Bien Hoa airport.
Duckworth said she hopes that Vietnam will offer more opportunities for US businesses to invest in the country in the future and proposed continuing delegation exchange at all levels to compare notes on issues of common concern.