Prime Minister greets President Obama

Tuesday, 24 May 2016
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc on May 23 in Ha Noi hosted a reception for visiting U.S. President Barack Obama, seeking to boost the friendly and long-term relations between the two countries.


The two leaders spoke of their satisfaction with the practical progresses in bilateral relations since the comprehensive partnership was established in July 2013, particularly in the fields of economy, trade, investment, education, health, war consequence settlement, and people-to-people exchanges.

They exchanged views on measures to intensify the Viet Nam-US comprehensive partnership, with the priority given to development cooperation.

PM Phuc took the occasion to seek the U.S. recognition for Viet Nam’s market economy status and call on the U.S. to open its market wider for Vietnamese goods, and increase its foreign investment to become the biggest investor in Viet Nam.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets with U.S. President Barack Obama, May 23, Ha Noi - Photo: VGP/Quang Hieu

He voiced his hope for the US’s assistance in responding to climate change, especially in the Mekong Delta – Viet Nam’s largest rice granary.

The PM also asked the US to help Viet Nam successfully organize the 2017 APEC Summit, and create favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community in the country.

For his part, President Obama stressed the importance of boosting bilateral ties in education and training, climate change adaptation, economy, trade and science-technology.

He exchanged notes with the Vietnamese Government leader on the regional situation, including the East Sea issue, and non-traditional security challenges.  

They agreed that disputes in the East Sea should be solved by peaceful measures on the basis of international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).

The Vietnamese PM reaffirmed that the Government will soon submit the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the National Assembly for ratification and asked President Obama to continue boosting the US Congress’s ratification of the document./.

Van Hai (Source: VGP)

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