Vietnamese ambassador, US congressman discuss cooperation spheres
Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Ha Kim Ngoc had a
meeting with US Congressman Ted Yoho in Washington on August 22.
Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Ha Kim Ngoc (right) and
US Congressman Ted Yoho in their meeting on August 2.
At the meeting, the two officials exchanged views on
various cooperation areas of Vietnam-US relationsas well as regional and
globalissues of mutual concern.
Both sides expresseddelight at the strong
development of the Vietnam-US Comprehensive Partnership on all nine pillars,
particularly politics,diplomacy, economy-trade,security-defence,
addressingwar aftermaths and people-to-people exchange.
They expected that the two nations will have more
joint practical activities and enjoy newachievements to celebrate the 25th
founding anniversary of diplomatic ties next year.
The two officials discussed measures to boost the
bilateral economic-traderelations, highlighting Vietnam’s efforts to achieve
a more trade balance withthe US and prevent violations of rules of origin as
well as transshipment of goods.
Yoho, who isalso Lead Republican for the House
Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, thePacific and Nonproliferation,
unveiled that the US is encouraging enterprisesfrom Florida to invest in
The two sides franklyexchanged views on democracy
andhuman rights, saying all differences can be resolved through
constructivedialogue on the basis ofmutual understanding and respect.
The UScongressman also voiced deep concern over the
current developments in the East Sea as China sent surveyvessels and escort
ships to Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continentshelf, violating
Vietnam’s sovereignty and jurisdiction.
He stronglyopposed China’s actions thathave
infringed upon coastal nations’ sovereignty, run counter to international
law and the 1982United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, militarised
artificial islands illegally built on theEast Sea, used these entities to
deploy activities, causing erosion of trust, increasing tensions,
threatening freedom of navigation and aviation, and affecting peace and
stability in the region.
Ngoc took theoccasion to thank members of the US
Congress, including Yoho, for supporting and helping Vietnam deal with the
war aftermaths suchas providing funds for dioxin decontamination at Da Nang
and Bien Hoa airports.–VNA