Vietnamese Ambassador to US active in Hawaii

Friday, 2017-10-06 10:56:07
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Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Pham Quang Vinh (L) and Hawaii Governor David Ige
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NDO/VNA – Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Pham Quang Vinh has recently paid a working visit to Hawaii to meet local leaders with the aim of strengthening Vietnam – US ties.

During his visit from September 27 to 29, Ambassador Vinh met with Hawaii Governor David Ige, who lauded the cooperation potential between his state and Vietnamese localities, particularly in terms of economics, trade, education, renewable energy, and climate change adaptation.

Ige said that the Vietnamese community accounts for about 3 percent of Hawaii’s population and has contributed significantly to the development of the local economy and to Vietnam – US relations.

Ambassador Vinh, for his part, noted the highlights of their bilateral relations, including a visit to the US by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc last May, during which a joint statement on the enhancement of the two countries’ comprehensive partnership was released.

Vietnam is working with the APEC economies, including the US, to host the APEC Year 2017, the diplomat said.

He recommended that his host boost engagements between Hawaii and Vietnamese localities in trade and education and invited the governor to visit Vietnam.

Ige said that he is looking forward to visiting Vietnam soon.

While in Hawaii, Ambassador Vinh visited the United States Pacific Command (PACOM) and held separate meetings with US Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris, Commander of the US Pacific Fleet Admiral Scott Swift, and Commander of PACOM 25th Infantry Division Charles Flynn.

At the meetings, the diplomat spoke highly of the developments in their bilateral defence-security collaboration, with the expectation that both sides would continue to undertake the commitments in their memorandum of understanding on defence cooperation signed in 2011 and the 2015 joint vision on defence relations.

Delegation exchanges, personnel training, dialogue consultations, as well as bilateral engagements in search and rescue missions, UN peacekeeping activities and overcoming the consequences of war are among the prioritised subjects, Vinh noted.

Agreeing with his guest, Admiral Harris stated that the US wants to boost its cooperation with the Asia-Pacific countries, particularly the ASEAN member states, for peace and development, as well as for ensuring safety and freedom of navigation and the peaceful settlement of disputes in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The Vietnamese Ambassador also visited the military patrol vessel CSB 8020 operated by the Vietnamese coast guard, which was docked in Hawaii. The US Coast Guard transferred the boat to the Vietnam Coast Guard last May in a bid to help increase the body’s capacity in performing maritime law enforcement and search and rescue operations.