|Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh talks over the phone with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo
FM Binh Minh told Michael Pompeo that the US is regarded as one of Vietnam’s leading important partners, and showed his elation at the comprehensive development of the bilateral ties across multiple fields ranging from politics and diplomacy to economic-trade, national defence-security, science-technology and people-to-people exchanges.
Minh stated his appreciation for programmes on humanitarian cooperation, the settlement of war consequences and dioxin decontamination, which have made considerable contributions to consolidating mutual trust.
He also praised the two countries for launching a broad array of flexible activities marking the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic ties amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, including the exchange of greetings by their senior leaders.
Pompeo, in turn, lauded the efforts made by both sides in expanding the bilateral comprehensive partnership on the basis of respecting each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and political institutions, and sharing a common vision on peace and stability in Indo-Pacific.
The US places importance on and pledges to maintain its relations with Vietnam in a stable manner, he said, adding that his nation will promote collaboration in humanitarian issues and war consequence settlement with the Southeast Asian nation.
The US official noted with satisfaction Vietnam’s reception of Peace Corps Volunteers who will come to the country to teach English under an agreement on the implementation of the Peace Corps programme.
During the talks, both sides also discussed a range of measures to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and help their citizens return home, as well as coordination in restoring and maintaining regional and global supply chains.
Vietnam greatly values the US’s role at international forums, saying as ASEAN Chair and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 term, Vietnam will continue working together with the US and other partners on dealing with common challenges as a means of ensuring peace, stability, security and development in the region and the wider world.
The US diplomat also glowingly spoke of Vietnam’s role in global matters, and expressed his wish for stronger cooperation with the country in propelling the ASEAN-US strategic partnership forward.