VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and US
President Barack Obama lauded encouraging progress made in the
relations between the two countries, especially since they set up the
comprehensive partnership in 2013, during a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw,
Myanmar, on November 13.
At the event held on the sidelines of the ninth East Asia Summit and
other summits, the two leaders highlighted bilateral co-operation in
economy, trade, investment, education, health care, humanitarian
activities and clean energy, regular dialogues on security-defence and
human rights, and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement
Dung suggested the US increase funding for cleaning
up dioxin and support Vietnamese Agent Orange/Dioxin victims and the
clearance of war-era unexploded ordnances. He also asked the US to
completely lift the ban on the sale of lethal arms to Viet Nam.
said Viet Nam's resolve to work closely with the US and other countries
to accelerate the TPP negotiation on the basis of balancing interests
of all participating parties and giving developing members, including
Viet Nam, an appropriate transitional period to realise the treaty. He
spoke highly of the role of President Obama in the work.
Obama renewed his commitment to enhancing relations with a focus on areas benefiting the two peoples.
applauded the two countries' signing of the agreement on peaceful uses
of nuclear energy and said ties would be fostered in economy,
security-defence, education-training, people-to-people exchange, and
He pledged to continue assisting Viet Nam with
dioxin detoxification and bomb and mine clearance while welcoming the
country's joining of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities and the other Convention against Torture and
other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
Regarding TPP negotiations, President Obama said he would consider flexibilities for Viet Nam that served both sides.
said saw the Mekong Sub-region as important, including the effective
and sustainable use of water resources, adding that the US would expand
assistance to Viet Nam and other countries within the Lower Mekong
The two sides also exchanged views on important
regional and international issues with a view to bolstering bilateral
affiliation within relevant ASEAN forums and contributing to regional
peace, stability, security and co-operation.