“The U.S. and Vietnam have a fantastic relationship, growing in all points together with safety, commerce, funding, local weather change, well being, people-to-people diplomacy, vitality, science and expertise,” Knapper mentioned in Hanoi on the sidelines of a convention on overcoming the put up conflict landmines legacy.
He mentioned that the U.S. extremely appreciates the essential function of Vietnam underneath its new Indo-Pacific Technique, which was introduced on Feb 11, together with a top level view of the longer term path in cooperation between the 2 international locations.
The 5 focus factors of the brand new technique are the pursuit of a free and open Indo-Pacific, increasing cooperation, selling prosperity, enhancing safety and strengthening resilience of the area, he famous.
“We’re working with Vietnam on all these points.”
U.S ambassador to Vietnam Marc Knapper. Picture by VnExpress/Hieu Duy
In its new Indo-Pacific Technique, the U.S. mentioned it can “strengthen relationships with main regional companions, together with India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Pacific Islands.”
It confused that “a free and open Indo-Pacific can solely be achieved if we construct collective capability for a brand new age.”
Overseas ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hold mentioned at one other press meet Thursday that Vietnam hoped initiatives within the Indo-Pacific will contribute to peace, stability, cooperation and growth within the area. Vietnam additionally desired to see respect for worldwide legislation, the upholding of respectable rights and pursuits of all international locations, and guaranteeing ASEAN’s central function within the evolving regional structure.
Hold mentioned Vietnam was desirous about and wished to advertise cooperation with the U.S. in addition to all different companions in an effort to promote an efficient response to the pandemic, enhance financial restoration, deal with local weather change and make headway in different fields to make sure peace, stability and prosperity within the area.
Knapper mentioned he was pleased with the lengthy historical past of cooperation within the medical area with Vietnam, from coping with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis to the struggle towards Covid-19. The U.S. has donated tens of millions of vaccine doses and ventilators to Vietnam, he mentioned.
“We’ve got completed this not as a result of we count on a response from Vietnam, however as a result of it is the best factor to do and we care concerning the Vietnamese individuals.”
The U.S. Senate confirmed Knapper as the subsequent ambassador to Vietnam on Dec. 18, a full eight months after his nomination by President Joe Biden.
He served as a political counselor on the U.S. embassy in Hanoi throughout 2004-2007.
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