Meeting with Congressman Ted Yoho, Chairman of the Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee under the Foreign Affairs Committee in the US House of Representatives, on November 11 in Washington DC, Mai reiterated Vietnam’s unwavering policy of respecting friendship and comprehensive cooperation with the US on the basis of bilateral ties’ framework.
Mr. Yoho affirmed the US’ readiness to step up cooperation and work with Vietnam in removing obstacles in bilateral ties, adding that the US continues respecting Vietnam’s position and role in ASEAN, and regarding Vietnam as an important partner in the region.
During her meetings with high-ranking US officials, both sides laid stress on continued delegation exchanges, people-to-people diplomacy, and prioritized measures to overcome war consequences, and closer coordination at multilateral forums.
Vietnam called on the US to soon recognize Vietnam as a market economy. The two sides underlined the need to settle East Sea disputes by peaceful means, on the basis of respect for international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to ensure peace and freedom of navigation and aviation in the region.
During their stay in the US, Mai and her entourage had meetings with the Deputy Assistant to the President, the White House Communications Director and officials from the US Department of State and Department of Labour.
She also participated in a round-table discussion about gender equality, women in politics, and the Vietnam-US relations with several US researchers, and had talks with the President of the Communist Party USA.