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US President Barack Obama paid an official visit to Viet Nam
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General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong receives US President Barack Obama during his official visit to Viet Nam. Photo: VNA

This was the first visit to Viet Nam by US President B. Obama and the third visit of US Presidents to Viet Nam since the two countries normalized relations in 1995 after the visits of President Bill Clinton in 2000 and President George W. Bush in 2006.

Accompanying President B. Obama were Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, US Ambassador to Viet Nam Ted Osius, US Trade Representative Michael Froman, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting Ben Rhodes, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economic A. Adeyemo, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia - Pacific D. Russell, Senior Director for Asia, National Security Council D. Kritenbrink; Special Assistant to the President for International Economic H. Das.

After the official welcoming ceremony, President Tran Dai Quang held talks with US President Barack Obama at the Presidential Palace and attended a joint press conference at the International Convention Center on 23 May.

The two leaders exchanged views on bilateral relations and regional and international issues of mutual concern, expressing satisfaction at the rapid progress, substantive and comprehensive relations between Viet Nam and United States in the past time, in line with the Joint Statement on Viet Nam-US Comprehensive Partnership signed in 2013 and the Joint Vision Statement between the two countries signed in July 2015 during the historic visit to the US by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam Nguyen Phu Trong.

President Tran Dai Quang welcomeed President B. Obama with a high-level delegation US Government on their visit Viet Nam, appreciating the importance and significance of the visit to the two countries' relations. President B. Obama expressed his pleasure for the first time to visit the beautiful country of Viet Nam, affriming that the visit would further promote the comprehensive partnership between the two countries.

President Tran Dai Quang Viet Nam reaffirmed Viet Nam’s consistent foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, cooperation and development, multilateralisation and diversification of international relations, attaching importance to and expressing desire to develop the stable, deepened and effective Viet Nam-US relations.

President B. Obama agreed to push for the US Congress’s early ratifiction of the TPP, commiting to help improve the agreement implementation capacity. Both sides considered economic, trade, education and training, science and technology development and response to climate change as one of the focuses of the bilateral relations.

The two sides agreed to continue cooperation to overcome aftermath of war, particularly removal of dioxin, unexploded landmines and bombs, assistance to the disabled, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

On this occasion, President B. Obama declared that the United States fully lift the ban on lethal weapon sale to Viet Nam. President Tran Dai Quang expressed appreciation for this decision.

On regional issues, the two leaders shared the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the region, security and navigation and aviation safety, peaceful settlement of disputes on the basis of international law, including 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) towards the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC). The two sides agreed to coordinate in joint efforts of the international community to address such issues as regional and global response to climate change, including salt water intrusion and drought, Mekong water resource security, counter-terrorism, non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, prevention of wildlife trafficking and biodiversity protection.

The Joint Statement between the two countries during the visit stressed: “Viet Nam and the United States reaffirmed their joint commitment to peacefully resolve territorial and sea disputes by peaceful means, including full respect for the diplomatic and legal process, not to use force or threaten to use force, in accordance with the UN Charter, international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the sea (UNCLOS).

The two sides emphasize commitment of the claimants not to take actions to complicate and expand disputes, acknowledge the importance of the strict observance of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), push for substantive negotiations and early conclusion of the Code of Conduct (COC). Accordingly, the two sides are particularly concerned with recent developments in the East Sea which cause tensions, erode trust, and threaten peace, security and stability.

The two sides stress the urgency of ensuring freedom of navigation and aviation, as well as maintaining unobstructed legal commercial activities in the East Sea, call for demilitarization and restraint in handling disputes, reaffirm joint commitments to the Sunnylands Declaration and pledge to coordinate closely with other ASEAN partners in implementating the Declaration.”

After the talks, President Tran Dai Quang and President B. Obama witnessed the signing of several agreements on important economic cooperation, including the contract on the sale of 100 Boeing 737 Max between JSC VietJet and the Boeing company, the contract on supply of aircraft engine and and technical services for 63 new generation of Airbus A320/A321 NEO between JSC company VietJet Air and Pratt & Whitney, and the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Industry and Trade and GE Wind to develop more wind energy in Viet Nam.

At the International Convention Centre, President Tran Dai Quang and US President Barack Obama held an international press conference, answering reporters’ question on the results of the talks, and Viet Nam-US future relations.

President Tran Dai Quang threw a banquet welcoming President B. Obama and the high-level delegation of the United States Government during their official visit to Viet Nam.

On the same day, US President Barack Obama paid a courtesy to General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, met with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and visited Uncle Ho's house on stilts.

At these meetings, the leaders of the Party and State of Viet Nam expressed elation and highly valued the importance of the visit of President B. Obama, considering it a reaffirmation of commitment of the two countries’ leaders towards the comprehensive partnership of Viet Nam and the United States and briefed President B. Obama of Viet Nam’s lines and foreign policy in the new period.

Viet Nam continues to view the United States as one of the most important partners and the two sides should continue to strengthen their comprehensive partnership in a pragmatic, effective and sustainable manner, on the basis of respect for each country’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and political system, and non-interference in each other's internal affairs, for the sake of the two peoples, for peace, stability, cooperation, development and common prosperity in the region and the world. Viet Nam welcomes the US Government, Congress and people's organizations for their cooperation in dealing with aftermath of war and express hope that the US will continue to promote substantive and effective cooperation in this important field.

Vietnamese leaders stated their commitment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and proposed the United States to provide technical assistance to Viet Nam to implement the TPP and promote economic cooperation between the two countries in the near future.

On international and regional issues, Vietnamese leaders welcomed statements and actions of countries including the United States which contribute to maintaining peace, security and stability in the region while affirming Viet Nam's stance to resolve disputes in the East Sea by peaceful, diplomatic and legal means, on the basis of compliance with international law.

President B. Obama expressed thank the Vietnamese Party, State and people for their warm welcome and hospitality during his first visit to the Viet Nam, expressing his deep impression of a beautiful and dynamic Viet Nam, and appreciation of the role and vision of the Communist Party of Viet Nam in leading the country's to win great achievements in recent years in general and in the strategic lines for the TPP negotiations in particular.

President B. Obama stated that the United States considers Viet Nam an important partner in the region and said the US will do all it can to promote cooperation with Viet Nam in the areas of priority, in particular technical assistance for Viet Nam to implement the TPP, in the spirit of the Joint Declaration on Comprehensive Partnership between the two countries in 2013 and the Joint Vision Statement of Viet Nam and United States in 2015.

President B. Obama confirmed that the lifting of the ban on the sale of lethal weapons to Viet Nam is to create new changes in the relationship between the two countries. He highlighted the need to ensure the safety, security and freedom of navigation, aviation, resolve disputes over the East Sea by peaceful means, on the basis of compliance with international law, expressed confidence that the relations between Viet Nam and the United States would continue to grow stronger in the coming period in the interests of each country, for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

During the visit, the two sides issued a Joint Statement agreeing to strengthen comprehensive partnership in a practical and effective manner for the benefits of the two countries, for peace, stability, cooperation and development in region and the world.

Also during the visit, US President Barack Obama spoke to more than 2,000 students and young entrepreneurs in Ha Noi, met and interacted with more than 800 young leaders of Viet Nam, members of the Organization of Young Leaders Initiative in Southeast Asia in Ho Chi Minh city and was engaged in a number of other activities.

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