VGP – Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and U.S. President Barack Obama held talks and exchanged views in the Oval Office of the White House, signifying special and unprecedented things between the two nations.
Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Hoang Binh Quan made statement at a recent interview following General Secretary Trong's his official visit to the U.S. from July 6-10.
Mr. Quan observed the Party chief’s official visit to the U.S. as a historic visit.
The visit, made at the invitation of President Barack Obama and his administration, reflected the first-time official one by a Party General Secretary of Viet Nam to the U.S., whose political system is different..
The visit was held in coincidence with the 20th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties, creating an opportunity for both countries to identify visions and orientations for their future relations.
These visions and orientations were evidenced in the Declaration on Viet Nam-U.S. joint vision and the contents in the talks between Party chief Trong and U.S. President Obama.
The talks, which were initially intended for 45-60 minutes, last to 95 minutes in the Oval Office of the White House, making the visit a historic one. In addition, participants at the talks included Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew and Trade Representative Micheal Froman.
The visit showed that with the two nations could overcome differences in political institutions to coordinate for joint benefits. The U.S. President’s invitation to Party General Trong has shown his respect to Viet Nam’s political institution and the role of the Viet Nam Communist Party. It also manifests the importance of Viet Nam-U.S. relations to the region and the world.
Busy schedule with remarkable achievements
Regarding the Party chief’s busy working schedule, Mr. Quan highlighted remarkable achievements of the visit.
In term of politics, the visit has contributed to strengthening bilateral political trust which will help promote the two nations’ relationship. The two sides frankly discussed issues of mutual concerns such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, human rights and how to overcome war consequences. President Obama accepted General Secretary Trong’s invitation to visit Viet Nam.
The two nations evaluated the bilateral relationship after 20 years of normalizing their diplomatic ties, identified visions for the future and discussed measures to accelerate trade, investment, national defense and security, science and technology, education and training, health and climate change to raise the two countries’ relations to a higher level.
As many as 14 cooperative documents and agreements in such areas as aviation, banking, oil and gas were inked, sending out a clear message of the two sides’ future trade relations.
Leaders exchanged and shared their views on international and regional concerns, including the East Sea issue to contribute to peace, stability, cooperation and development in Asia-Pacific.
The Party chief conveyed Viet Nam's welcome of all nations, including the U.S., making active and responsible contribution to maintaining maritime and aeronautical peace, security, stability, safety and freedom in the region.
The visit helped launch the Party and State’s great national unity policy through Mr. Trong’s meetings with overseas Vietnamese in the U.S.
The leader reaffirmed that Viet Nam consistently pursues an independent, self-control, peaceful, cooperative and for-development diplomatic policy and plays a crucial role as a responsible member of the international community.
Vision on Comprehensive Partnership
During his official visit to the U.S, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made a speech and exchanged views with scholars at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Quan mentioned to remarks in the Party chief’s speech.
The speech reflected the comprehensive vision on the two nations’ relationship, directly stated sensitive issues and analyzed regional and international happenings.
Historical events in the two countries’ relations, which were not widely known, were referred unprejudiced with the spirit of leaving the past, overcoming differences, upholding commons and heading to the future.
The speech also proposed visions for Viet Nam-U.S. relationship and orientations for their future cooperation in all areas.
Human rights and cooperative policies at international and regional forums were frankly discussed.
Mr. Quan asserted that Party chief Trong’s successful visit to the U.S. will become a historic landmark, opening a new chapter in the two nations’ relationship.
By Thuy Dung