Prime Minister Dung made the statement at a reception for US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who attended the East Asia Summit (EAS) in Hanoi on October 29.
The Vietnamese Prime Minister thanked the US for its support for flood victims in central Vietnam. He said that during this year, the US has made important contributions to strengthening relations with ASEAN and he agreed to support the US in becoming a full member of the EAS.
He also told the US Secretary of State that he asked relevant agencies to work together to resolve trade conflicts between the two countries. He also asked the US to support Can Tho University in becoming a university of regional standards which specialises in training and researching issues related to climate change in the Mekong region. He expressed his wish that the US government and Ms Clinton will continue to provide further support to Vietnam in its struggle overcome the consequences of past wars.
On the occasion, Prime Minister Dung re-invited US President Barack Obama to visit Vietnam in 2011 and hopes to welcome former US President Bill Clinton on one more visit to Vietnam.
For her part, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton affirmed commitments to improve co-operative relations with Vietnam in economics, trade, investment, health, climate change, education and training for the mutual benefit of both countries.
She also praised Vietnam’s success in fulfilling its role as ASEAN Chair, and highly appreciated recent co-operation between the two countries, especially the contracts signed to purchase Boeing aircraft and buy Microsoft Office copyrights. She also asked both countries to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and affirmed US assistance for building universities to study climate change and providing further aid for bomb disposal, clearing up dioxin and preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS in Vietnam.
She also asked regional countries to seek long-term solutions to the issues related to the East Sea and strictly follow the common statement in the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).