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Vietnamese Party leader meets US Trade Representative

As part of activities during his visit to the US, General Secretary of
the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong met with US Trade
Representative Michael Froman on July 6 in Washington D.C. (local time)
to discuss orientations to enhance trade ties between the two countries.

During the meeting, the Vietnamese leader affirmed the
Vietnamese Party and State’s consistent policy of promoting
international integration and expressed his hope that Vietnam-US trade
links would expand and deepen.

He stressed Vietnam’s efforts to
integrate into the regional and global economy, citing Vietnam’s
involvement in the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
agreement as an example. He asked the US to support Vietnam in the
negotiation process.

The General Secretary expressed his hope
that the US would expand its market for Vietnamese goods and recognise
Vietnam’s market economy.

For his part, Froman said he believes
that Vietnam-US relations and trade ties will be fostered by the
Vietnamese leader’s visit.

He spoke highly of
achievements in bilateral economic and trade cooperation after 20 years
of normalised Vietnam-US diplomatic ties, highlighting the budding
potential for promoting trade links in the future.

The US will
continue to work with Vietnam during the country’s development and
integration into the global economy, Froman stated.
The US
Trade Representative discussed with the Party General Secretary issues
related to negotiations of the TPP, commenting that once the agreement
is signed, it will bring trade and investment opportunities for all
parties including Vietnamese and US businesses and people.

General Secretary Trong affirmed that Vietnam will proactively
coordinate with the US to hasten the completion of negotiations on the
pact.

In the afternoon of the same day, the Vietnamese leader
attended a ceremony to hand over the new-generation plane Boeing 787-9
Dreamliner from the US Boeing Group to Vietnam Airlines at Ronald Reagan
Airport in Washington DC.

The event marked Vietnam Airlines’
fleet expansion, turning the firm into the first Asian airline using the
two modern planes Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and Airbus A350-900 XWB.

On the occasion, Vietnam Airlines and Boeing signed a cooperation agreement to expand the Vietnamese airline’s operations.

Representatives
from the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade and the US
Department of Commerce concurred that closer links between the two
nations’ airlines will contribute to forging stronger and more effective
links in economics, trade, investment and tourism.

Previously,
General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and his entourage visited the Thomas
Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC honouring the third president of the
US who was one of America’s Founding Fathers and the primary drafter of
the Declaration of Independence in 1776.-VNA

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