In his address at a Lunar New Year meeting hosted by the US-Asia Institute (USAI) in Washington, D.C. on March 2, the Vietnamese diplomat said the cooperation between the two sides will make considerable contributions to regional peace, security and development cooperation.
The USAI's contribution will help augment coordination with Asian and ASEAN embassies in the US towards the stronger Asia-US partnership.
The USAI was established in 1979 with the purpose of promoting the US relations with the Asian-Pacific region at the governmental, parliamentary, and people-to-people levels.
In 2017, the USAI presented a medal to Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh in recognition of his significant contributions to the development of ASEAN-US relations on the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of the bloc and the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-US diplomatic ties.
Earlier the same day, Ambassador Vinh hosted a reception for Kelly McKeague, Director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) under the US Department of Defense whose mission is to recover missing personnel listed as Prisoners of War (POW), or Missing in Action (MIA).
Both sides glowingly spoke of the Vietnam-US relations, including cooperation in humanitarian aid and addressing war consequences such as disarming unexploded bombs and mines left over from war, Agent Orange/Dioxin remediation, and search for the remains of US servicemen missing in action during wartime in Vietnam.
McKeague thanked the Vietnamese government and people for supporting humanitarian assistance activities and said he is due to visit Vietnam this month in order to promote mutual trust and bilateral collaboration in the field.