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09:21 | 14/04/2010
VGP – PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng on Tuesday in Washington DC had separate meetings with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Canadian PM Stenphen Harper and the Republic of Korea’s President Lee Myung Bak, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Washington DC, April 13, 2010 – Photo: VGP/Nhật Bắc

VN, US treasure bilateral ties

The bilateral ties between Việt Nam and the US have undergone significant advancements, PM Dũng made remarks during his reception to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The Vietnamese leader urged the two sides to maintain regular exchanges of high-ranking delegations; spur economic, trade, investment linkages; promote cooperation in combating climate change and assisting Agent Orange victims; and cement the US-ASEAN relationship.

In response, Mrs. Hillary Clinton said that the US treasures the bilateral relations with Việt Nam and commits to further efforts of expanding the multi-faceted relations.

She also stated that the US is willing to link hands with Việt Nam in the Mekong sub-region cooperation and praised Việt Nam’s role as the Chair of ASEAN in 2010 during which the ASEAN-US relationship would be energized with new momentum.

More room for VN-Canada ties

PM Dũng and his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper agreed to work out various concrete measures to advance the bilateral relations in the time to come.

Việt Nam and Canada have more chances to deepen coordination in 2010 when the former undertakes the ASEAN Presidency and the latter the Chair of G8 and co-Chair of G20.

PM Dũng welcomed Canada to join the ASEAN Treaty on Amity and Cooperation (TAC) and voiced his support for pushing the ASEAN-Canada connection to a new height.

Advancing strategic partnership

Both PM Dũng and Korean President Lee Myung Bak shared the view that the strategic partnership between Việt Nam and RoK is advancing well.

Bilateral trade activities seemed to be immune from impacts of the global economic downturn and cooperation in other domains did not cease to grow.

The two leaders also agreed that cooperation between ASEAN and G20 would be a channel to further promote the strategic partnership between Việt Nam, Chair of ASEAN, and RoK, co-Chair of G20..

VN, UN see increasingly effective cooperation

Meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, PM Dũng confirmed consistent policy to boost cooperation with the UN and its affiliated bodies.

Mr. Ban Ki-moon spoke highly of the effective deployment of the “One UN Initiative” in Việt Nam as a good example for other countries.

He took the occasion to invite Việt Nam to participate in the UN conference on reviewing the ten-year implementation of the Millennium Goals in New York at the end of this year.

By Hải Minh

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