US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan on September 18 (local time) affirmed his country’s commitment to deepening relations with Vietnam.
|An overview of the ceremony in Washington DC
Speaking at a ceremony in Washington DC held by the Vietnamese Embassy in the US to mark the Southeast Asian nation’s 73rd National Day (September 2), Sullivan congratulated Vietnam on its achievements during the renewal and international integration process.
He appreciated development of the US-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership in bilateral aspects and in regional and international issues of mutual concern.
He noted the two countries still hold much potential for development cooperation, especially in trade, security and defence.
Vietnamese Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc highlighted the significance of National Day to Vietnamese people.
Ngoc confirmed that since bilateral diplomatic ties were set up in 1995, relations have developed strongly on the basis of mutual understanding and respect for each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and political institutions.
The establishment of the comprehensive partnership in 2013 has contributed to deepening cooperation both bilaterally and multilaterally, he added.
The diplomat also expressed his belief that bilateral ties will grow further, for the benefits of the two peoples and for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.
On the same day, the Vietnamese Embassy in Germany also hosted a gathering to celebrate Vietnam’s 73rd National Day.VNA