President: Vietnam treasures comprehensive relations with the US

09:02 | 27/01/2018 Cooperation

Vietnam attaches importance to developing its comprehensive relations with the US on the basis of respecting each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and political institution, President Tran Dai Quang told visiting US Secretary of Defence James Mattis in Hanoi on January 25.

President Tran Dai Quang (R) welcomes US Secretary of Defence James Mattis in Hanoi - Photo: VNA

Lauding the US minister’s official visit, President Quang expressed his belief that the trip will contribute to developing the Vietnam-US relations more practically, in line with their comprehensive partnership for peace, prosperity and development of each country as well as in the region and the world.

The President affirmed that Vietnam will fully and effectively cooperate with the US in searching for the remains of US missing-in-action soldiers.

The two sides should work together closely in organising the visit to Vietnam by a US aircraft carrier in March 2018, while strengthening the collaboration relating to the search and rescue of and natural disaster response activities, law enforcement at sea, personnel training, military medicine and defence industry, he said.

Secretary Mattis said that the US attaches great importance to the comprehensive partnership with Vietnam and will work with Vietnam in boosting cooperation in all fields.

Holding that the defence cooperation between the two countries is growing effectively, he said that the US is working hard, together with Vietnam, in dealing with war aftermaths such as dioxin decontamination and searching for missing US servicemen.

Regarding regional and international matters, the minister affirmed that the US will support Vietnam’s active role in the ASEAN community as well as multilateral forums within the ASEAN framework.

The US will continue backing Vietnam and regional countries in observing the rights to freedom of navigation and aviation in line with international law for common prosperity, Mattis said.

In the regional and international aspect, President Quang suggested that the two sides continue consulting and coordinating closely with each other at multilateral forums, especially those chaired by the ASEAN.

The President also appreciated the US for its effective cooperation and assistance towards Vietnam’s forces who are joining the UN peacekeeping operations over the past years, suggesting that the two sides continue working together in the work.

Theo NDO/VNA