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Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s official visit to the United States of America
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Party Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong and President Barack Obama. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

The delegation also included Politburo member and Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Tong Thi Phong, Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Committee of Ho Chi Minh city Le Thanh Hai, leaders of central commissions, ministries and branches. The visit coincided with the 20th anniversary of the Viet Nam-US normalization of relations. This was an opportunity for the two sides to review bilateral relations over the past 20 years, identify vision, and directions for bilateral relation development in the coming time. Thus, the visit received special attention from national and international media and the public.

During the visit in Washington D.C, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong held talks with President Barack Obama, received Trade Representative Michael Froman, American religious dignitaries, Vietnamese and US representatives from all classes and American parliamentarians. In New York, he had talks with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, paid visit to the former President Bill Clinton at his residence in Kittle House, received representatives of leaders of the American Communist Party and met with American left-wingers. He also had cordial talks with overseas Vietnamese and Vietnamese students in the US and had an exchange with Harvard University intellectuals.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Obama had talks at the White House on 7 July. On the US side there were Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew, Trade Representative Michael Froman. At the talks, the highest leaders of the two countries which were once opponents and are having different political systems had frank, open, constructive and positive exchange on important issues in bilateral relations including those of different opinions, international and regional issues of mutual concern which helped strengthen mutual understanding. Issues discussed were practical relating to Viet Nam-US vision in the future. After the talks, the two leaders hold a brief, profound and interesting press conference with great impression on the media.

During the visit, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong delivered an important speech and exchanged views on Viet Nam-US relations in the new development stage at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), attended the seminar with leading businesses in the US, and witnessed the signing of numerous cooperation agreements between Viet Nam and the US and Viet Nam with the World Bank.

On this occasion, the two sides issued a Joint Declaration on Vision of the Viet Nam-US Relationship.

The US and Viet Nam recognized the positive and substantive developments in many areas of cooperation over the past 20 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, particularly the growth in economic and trade cooperation, cooperation in addressing war legacy issues as well as in science and technology, education, healthcare, environment, response to climate change, defense, security, human rights, and increasing regional and international cooperation on issues of mutual concern.

Both countries affirmed their continued pursuit of a deepened, sustained, and substantive relationship on the basis of respect for the United Nations Charter, international law, and each other’s political systems, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. The two sides were committed to maximizing shared interests and cooperation at both bilateral and multilateral levels, for the benefit of both peoples, contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and the world.

The two sides were committed to enhancing cooperation in regional fora and recognized the importance of a united and strong Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), ASEAN’s central role in the regional political and security architecture.

Both countries expressed concerns over recent developments in the East Sea. They recognized the imperative of upholding the internationally-recognized freedom of navigation and overflight. Both countries supported the peaceful resolution of disputes in conformity with international law, including as reflected in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and recognized the importance of fully implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea in its entirety, as well as efforts to conclude the Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea.

The visit of Party Secretary General contributed to deepening, and diversifying the Viet Nam-US comprehensive partnership as a foundation for new heights in the future. It set up new directions for bilateral relations which include enhancing high-level exchanges and contacts, building and strengthening political confidence, promoting economic, trade and investment cooperation, expanding scientific, technological, educational, training, health and environmental cooperation, considering defense and security cooperation as a factor to increase political trusts and strategic values of bilateral relations, and expanding humanitarian cooperation and people-to-people exchanges.

The visit successfully concluded, and was appreciated by the world public opinion as a historic landmark in the relations between Viet Nam and the US.

Synthesized by Nguyen Duc