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Việt Nam, US should focus on increasing political trust, sci-tech cooperation: Foreign minister

VIETNAM, March 27 -  


HÀ NỘI — Minister of Foreign Affairs Bùi Thanh Sơn attended and delivered a speech at a seminar on Việt Nam-United States relations at Brookings Institute in Washington D.C. on March 26, within the framework of his official visit to the US to co-chair the first foreign ministerial-level dialogue between the two countries.

In his speech, Minister Sơn said that amidst latent traditional and non-traditional security challenges in the region, Việt Nam consistently implements its foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, friendship, cooperation and development, multilateralisation and diversification of foreign relations, comprehensive and extensive international integration, and being a friend, a trusted partner and an active and responsible member of the international community.

In particular, the diplomat emphasised that Việt Nam continues its bamboo diplomacy school of "solid roots, strong trunks, flexible branches" to respond to challenges and maintain a favourable diplomatic environment for national development, which is clearly reflected in the fact that to date, Việt Nam has established a strategic partnership and comprehensive strategic partnership with all five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

He said to achieve its set development targets, in addition to its efforts, activeness and self-reliance, Việt Nam needs a peaceful, stable external environment and active cooperation and support from important partners, including the US. In that spirit, the minister affirmed that Việt Nam always considers the US as one of its most important partners.

To further deepen the Việt Nam-US comprehensive strategic partnership, Minister Sơn said that the two countries need to increase the exchange of high-level and all-level delegations; promote political trust; continue focusing on economic - trade - investment cooperation; boost collaboration in science, technology and innovation, including the semiconductor ecosystem; consolidate people-to-people exchanges, educational and cultural cooperation; and coordinate more closely at multilateral forums and cooperation mechanisms such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the United Nations, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, and the Mekong - US partnership.

Việt Nam will also continue to improve the business environment, and create favourable conditions for foreign enterprises to invest and do business in the country, he emphasised.

Receiving several advisors and assistants of the US Congress, Minister Sơn expressed his thanks to parliamentarians of both parties, notably Senators John McCain, John Kerry and Patrick Leahy, who always support Việt Nam and Việt Nam-US relations. He proposed the US Congress to maintain support for bilateral cooperation in various fields, including overcoming the consequences of war, economics, trade, education and training, science, technology, security, defence, and people-to-people exchanges.   

The advisors and assistants appreciated Việt Nam's efforts to create a favourable environment for US businesses to invest in the country, implement international commitments to respond to climate change, especially in the Mekong Delta region, and ensure human rights.

They affirmed the support of the two political parties in the US Congress for bilateral relations as well as continued cooperation with Vietnam to contribute to further develop the bilateral ties in various fields in the spirit of the new relationship framework as well as in regional and international issues.

On this occasion, the Vietnamese foreign minister also received Jeffrey Goss, Associate Vice Provost/SE Asia at the Arizona State University, and had an online meeting with NVIDIA Vice President Keith Strier.

NVIDIA Vice President expressed strong admiration for Việt Nam's determination in developing high technology, AI, and semiconductors. Alongside commitments from CEO Jensen Huang, both parties will actively collaborate to transform Việt Nam into "NVIDIA's second home," particularly in technology and high-quality workforce training.

Keith Strier also affirmed that NVIDIA will push for the prompt implementation of specific collaboration plans with Việt Nam.— VNS

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