Economy, trade, and investment continue to hold high priority in cooperation between Vietnam and the US after the two countries upgraded their relationship to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership during US President Joe Biden’s visit to Vietnam, according to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ha Kim Ngoc.
Science, technology, and innovation will be breakthrough areas and capital infrastructure and human resources training are priority fields, he told the media after President Biden wrapped up his visit.
The exchange of high-level visits and engagements on the sidelines of regional and international forums, and the strengthening of cooperation through all channels - Party, State, parliament, and people-to-people - are also of priority, he said. This is important, as it contributes to creating a favorable environment and a driving force to promote cooperation in other areas.
Other important fields of cooperation between the two countries include addressing the consequences of war, education and training, cooperation in handling global issues such as participation in peacekeeping forces, climate change adaptation, including in the Mekong Delta region, energy security, food security, water resources security, healthcare, counter-terrorism, and more, the Deputy Minister said.
The Comprehensive Strategic Partnership will bring both long-term and immediate benefits to both sides, he believes.
“In general terms, Vietnam has opportunities and conditions to develop its relationship with the US, a partner of strategic importance, in an extensive, efficient, and substantive manner, practically serving development goals and maintaining a peaceful and stable environment and enhancing the country’s reputation and position,” he said. “Conversely, the US has the conditions to strengthen relations with Vietnam, a partner with an increasingly important role in the region, thereby strengthening relations with ASEAN and regional countries and taking advantage of new cooperative opportunities to enhance its position and role in the region.”
The new Comprehensive Strategic Partnership will create conditions for the two sides to enhance mutual understanding and build and consolidate trust, which is an important foundation in the long-term relationship, he added.
It will also have a positive impact, increase consensus in both countries, and create conditions to mobilize and concentrate resources for important cooperation programs and plans that benefit both sides.
“One thing that needs to be emphasized is that the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership not only brings benefits to the people of the two countries but also makes an important contribution to peace, cooperation, and sustainable development in the region and the world,” he said.