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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc holds talks with President Donald Trump. Photo: VNA Thuy Linh

The visit to US of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was to promote the Comprehensive Partnership established in 2013, continue to develop effectively and substantially across three bilateral, regional and international dimensions. During the visit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had a working agenda with 45 activities. In Washington DC, the Prime Minister held talks with President Donald Trump with the participation of Vice President Mike Pence, Secretaries, key members of the US Government, met with the press, received and work with the U.S. Trade Secretary and Representative, Secretary of Agriculture, had telephone conversations with four Democratic and Republican congressmen, attended the US Government banquet hosted by the Secretary of State. In New York, the Prime Minister met with overseas Vietnamese intellectuals and businesspersons and held talks with leaders of large corporations and businesses in the United States. The Prime Minister visited and talked with officials and staff of the Vietnam Permanent Mission to the United Nations, and the Embassy of Vietnam in Washington.

During the visit, the two sides issued a Joint Statement committing to enhance the Comprehensive Partnership, strengthen the Comprehensive Partnership in an effective and sustainable manner for the benefit of the two countries, for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world, on the basis of compliance with the United Nations Charter and international law, respect for independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and the political regimes of each other. President Donald Trump affirmed that he would visit Vietnam on the APEC 2017 Summit. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made a highly appreciated important speech at the Heritage Foundation, affirming that Vietnam and the United States share common interests in maintaining peace, stability, security, cooperation and prosperity in Asia-Pacific, and Vietnam attaches great importance and desires to further develop comprehensive partnership with the United States.

The two sides also agreed to prioritize economic, trade and investment cooperation for efficiency and mutual benefit, attaching importance to creating favorable conditions for enterprises of the two countries to invest, cooperate and do business. During the visit two discussion with businesses in Washington and New York City were organized, attracting many of big US financial investors. A series of major economic deals were signed by businesses of the two countries worth more than US$10 billion, contributing to job creation and growth in both countries.

The two sides agreed to step up cooperation in education and training, health care, scientific research, technology, space and innovation.

On national defense and security, the two sides concurred to continue implementing exchanges and cooperation activities on the basis of signed agreements such as the 2011 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Advancing Bilateral Defense Cooperation and the 2015 Joint Vision Statement on Defense Relations.

The two sides also discussed regional and international issues of mutual concern and agreed to intensify efforts to address regional and global challenges such as maritime safety, security, aviation and environmental protection, health security, human and wildlife trafficking, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and UN peacekeeping operations.

On the issue of the East Sea, the two leaders emphasized the settlement of East Sea issues by peaceful means, through diplomatic and legal process, on the basis of respect for international law, the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) toward the Code of Conduct for Parties in the East Sea (COC).

Also during the visit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with some overseas Vietnamese intellectuals and businesspersons in the United States. At the meeting, the Prime Minister acknowledged opinions and recommendations on socio-economic development of Vietnam and affirmed to assign ministries and branches to positively consider these suggestions.

It can be said that the visit has achieved comprehensive results on the pillars of the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was the first Southeast Asian leader to visit the United States and held talks with President Donald Trump. The visit contributed to maintaining the momentum of the relationship, continuing to promote the areas of mutually beneficial cooperation, strengthen the relationship that has been built and fostered over the years, especially contributing to the building the working relation with the new US Administration and Congress leaders, increasing understanding of each other's position, relieve worry and build trust between the two sides.

Through the visit, the two sides have maintained and expanded partnership and dialogue mechanisms to implement specific co-operation, while addressing in time differences, new issues to avoid hindrance to bilateral relation.

During the visit to the United States in New York, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held talks with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and together attended the 40th Anniversary of Vietnam-United Nations relation. This is a very significant event, opening a new development in the relationship between Vietnam and the United Nations.

The Secretary General and the Prime Minister exchanged views on a wide range of regional and international issues and stressed the importance of supporting multilateralism, in which the United Nations played a central role. The two sides gave an overall assessment of the relationship between Vietnam and the United Nations over the past 40 years and discussed the orientation for cooperation in the coming time. The Secretary General was impressed by the achievements of Vietnam over the past 40 years and acknowledged Vietnam's contribution to the UN mission in all three pillars of peace and security, development cooperation and human rights. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, for his part, thanked the United Nations for its valuable support in the process of international integration and development in Vietnam.

Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed his hope that Vietnam will succeed in implementing the 2030 agenda and affirms that the United Nations will mobilize resources to support Vietnam's implementation of the Common Strategic Plan. On the Vietnamese side, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc showed a strong would to implement the 2030 Agenda with highest commitment, just as it successfully implemented the Millennium Development Goals.

It can be said that the official visit to the United States by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was a success. The two sides pledged to maintain and develop the momentum of the relationship while gaining a common understanding of the new framework of comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and the United States in the coming time, creating new driving force in the comprehensive partnership between the two countries, contributing to peace and prosperity in the region and the world.

Thuy Linh