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Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung’s visit to the United States of America
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National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung had a cordial meeting with the President Pro Tempore of the Senate Patrick Leahy on 9 September (or early hours of 10 September, Viet Nam time).

 

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung meets with President Pro Tempore of the Senate Patrick Leahy. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung expressed elation at his visit to the US and his meeting with President Pro Tempore of the Senate Patrick Leahy at a time when the two countries are celebrating the 20th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic establishment.

The Chairman affirmed that the National Assembly of Viet Nam always attaches importance to ties with the US, and hopes to further enhance and deepen the comprehensive partnership between the two countries for substantive and effective bilateral, regional and global relations, and contribution to maintaining peace, stability, cooperation and prosperity of the region and the world.

The Chairman said Viet Nam wishes to enhance cooperation with the US in law making to serve its law reform process because the latter is experienced in the field.

President Pro Tempore of the Senate Patrick Leahy spoke highly of Viet Nam’s socio-economic development achievements in the region and the world, saying that he believes in the country’s bright future. He stated that the US Congress is keen to step up comprehensive cooperation with Viet Nam, thus fostering mutual understanding and relationship between the two peoples.

At the meeting, the two sides emphasized the importance of bilateral cooperation between the two countries in maintaining peace, stability, cooperation and prosperity in the region and the world.

After that, Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung met with Senator John McCain. He highly appreciated the positive support of Senator John McCain in promoting bilateral relations over the past years.

The Chairman expressed elation at important achievements in bilateral relations after 20 years of diplomatic relations, and hope to strengthen and deepen the comprehensive partnership with the US to make it more substantive and effective.

The Chairman recommended the two Parliaments to set up annual dialogue mechanism, exchange programs, share of information and experience in Parliamental specialization and issues of mutual concern.

For his part, Senator John McCain expressed elation at meeting with Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung in the US again and his hope that Viet Nam and the US as well as other countries involving in negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement would reach a consensus on the deal soon.

He expressed his concern about recent situations in the East Sea, saying that all disputes should be settled by peaceful means on the basis of respect for international law.

Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung met with US State Secretary John Kerry

During his official visit to the US, Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung had a cordial meeting with US State Secretary John Kerry.

 

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung meets with US State Secretary John Kerry. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

The Chairman expressed joy at the development of bilateral relations between Viet Nam and the US after 20 years of diplomatic establishment, especially exchanges of high-level delegations.

He said economic and trade cooperation is the highlight in bilateral ties since the normalization of their relationship 20 years ago, with trade turnover now reaching US$ 40 billion. Positive results have been achieved in the fields of culture, education and training. He added he believes their relations will continue to grow in the future.

For his part, Secretary Kerry welcomed the Chairman’s visit to the US and highly valued achievements of Viet Nam in the renovation process as well as Viet Nam’s participation in the peace keeping force.

The Secretary said the US will work with Viet Nam and other countries in the region to conserve and use effectively Mekong River resources. The US will also assist Viet Nam in coping with climate change, especially sea level rise.

He stated that the US is ready to help Viet Nam’s National Assembly in building and revising laws in compliance with the 2013 Constitution as well as in humanitarian issues and activities to address consequences of war such as clearing minefields and supporting Agent Orange victims.

The two sides agreed to enhance their cooperation towards maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea for the benefit of the region and the world. The US side expressed support of Viet Nam’s stance on dealing with disputes by peaceful means in compliance with basic principles of international law.

The two sides also agreed that both sides need to push the negotiation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the approval of the pact by both Parliaments after its signing by their legislative bodies for mutual interest, thus contributing to increase bilateral trade turnover and investment of the US and other countries in Viet Nam.

On the same day, Chairman Hung met with US Trade Representative Michael Froman.

On this occasion, Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and the National Assembly delegation visited the US Congress’s library-a leading research institution of the US Congress. It is also the biggest library in terms of area of storgage and one of the most important libraries in the world. He had a meeting with the Vietnamese embassy’s staff, met with President of the World Bank, and attended the seminar organized by the World Bank with the theme “Increasing role of the Vietnamese National Assembly towards the country’s development.” The Chairman and his delegation visited the Lincoln and Martin Luther King Monuments, the US National Archives Museum, Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston where President Ho Chi Minh worked from 1911 to 1913 during his journey to seek way for national salvation.

Also on this occasion, in early 4 September (Viet Nam time), the Chairman met with Chairman of the Senate and Chairman of the House of Representatives of Massachusetts and the renowned university of Harvard.

Synthesized by Nguyen Duc