The cooperation between Vietnamese and US nationals plays a
crucial component in the normalisation of relations between the two
countries, according to outcomes from a forum held in Hanoi on January
The forum is part of activities to mark the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
to Vice President of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Marsha Four,
people-to-people relationships are fundamental to increasing mutual
understanding between the two countries.
The forum created
opportunities for participants to review coordination programmes and
initiatives from recent years, and to seek new ways to propel
multi-faceted cooperation between Vietnam and the US within the
framework of their comprehensive partnership, said Chairman of the
Vietnam-US Association Nguyen Tam Chien.
Participants agreed that
over the past two decades, Vietnam and the US have seen positive
developments across politics and security, trade and investment,
interpersonal exchange, education and the environment. Notably, trade
between the two nations exceeded US$30 billion in 2014, 130 times that
They reviewed the implementation of programmes and
initiatives to address the aftermath of war in Vietnam , such as
unexploded ordnances and Agent Orange (AO)/Dioxin contamination.
noted that Vietnam and the US are collaborating on a dioxin clean up at
the Danang Airport , a known dioxin ‘hot spot’ with high levels of soil
contamination, while enacting measures to support AO/dioxin victims.
Vietnamese Government has established a steering committee to address
bomb and mine consequences and allocated significant funding to
disarming unexploded ordnances and supporting victims.
with large contaminated surface areas and financial shortages, Vietnam
hopes to receive more human, financial and technical support from global
partners, including the US , to address these concerns.