Applauding the visit made by the US Secretary of State, PM Dung urged the two countries to enhance bilateral cooperation on the basis of independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit, contributing to peace, stability and development in the region and the world.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (R) and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Hanoi, July 10, 2012 – Photo: VGP/Nhat Bac
The Government chief said Vietnam gives priority to bolstering cooperation with the US in economics, trade, investment, science and technology, education and training, environment, and humanitarian activities.
US Secretary of State Clinton spoke highly of Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements. She also expressed her pleasure at the progress of the relations between the two countries.
Both sides should continue discussing on lifting up the bilateral ties toward strategic partnership, said the US Secretary of State, adding that the US Government pledges to respect Vietnam’s independence and sovereignty, support Vietnam’s development and prosperity as well as its increasing role in the region and the world.
The US attaches importance to consolidating multi-faceted cooperation with Vietnam, she emphasized.
During the reception, PM Dung and US Secretary of State Clinton also exchanged views on recent situations in the East Sea and cooperation in the Mekong Subregion.
The two sides underscored the importance of maintaining peace, stability and cooperation, maritime security and safety in the East Sea. All the disputes in the East Sea must be settled through peaceful means, with respect to international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), while working toward the conclusion of a more legally-binding Code of Conduct.
Expressing her concern over recent developments in the East Sea, the US Secretary of State affirmed the US Government strongly advocates coastal countries’ rights in their exclusive economic zones and continental shelves in accordance with the UNCLOS.
By Hai Minh