PM urges new US ambassador to foster bilateral relations

Tuesday, 2017-12-26 22:00:54
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and newly-accredited US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/ VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged newly-accredited US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink to promote the exchange of high-level delegations and prompt the US Government to actively handle issues proposed by Vietnam in order to develop their bilateral cooperative relations.

During a reception for the US ambassador in Hanoi, on December 26, PM Phuc spoke highly of Kritenbrink’s contributions to enhancing Vietnam-US relations when he worked as Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the US National Security Council.

While recalling his official visit to the US in May 2017, the PM said that the two sides discussed and agreed on a number of measures to strengthen the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership.

Vietnam has been actively implementing the agreed measures, including those to balance bilateral trade, he said, adding that the growth of two-way trade will benefit the people of both nations.

PM Phuc expressed his hope that the US Ambassador would have a successful working tenure in Vietnam, affirming that the Government of Vietnam will coordinate with the US to drive their bilateral rapport forward.

Kritenbrink said that the US considers Vietnam as one of its important partners not only in the region but also in the world.

The ambassador congratulated Vietnam on the successful organisation of the APEC 2017 Economic Leaders Week and conveyed US President Donald Trump’s thanks for Vietnam’s warm welcome when he visited the Southeast Asian country in November.

Kritenbrink said that his major task is to strengthen and expand the cooperative relations between the two countries.

Sharing the PM’s views, Kritenbrink said economic and trade cooperation is a pillar in the Vietnam-US cooperative ties, which is developing rapidly.

The diplomat hopes to work with Vietnam to effectively address any challenges and make use of all opportunities to promote bilateral relations.