Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and U.S. President Joe Biden

During his stay in the U.S., PM Chinh engaged in more than 60 activities in Washington D.C, Boston, New York and San Francisco. He attended and delivered a speech at the sessions of the ASEAN - U.S. Special Summit, and met with leaders of several ASEAN countries such as the Prime Ministers of Laos, Cambodia and Singapore, and the President of Indonesia.

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son said that the Government leader’s statements at the sessions and meetings reflected the common concerns of the countries; upheld the central role of ASEAN, and the spirit of sincerity, trust and responsibility; and shared visions for world and regional issues and development orientations in line with the interests of ASEAN, the U.S. and the international community.

According to Son, the special summit, taking place on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the ASEAN - U.S. partnership, is a milestone bringing the relationship to a new stage. The two sides agreed to establish a comprehensive strategic partnership between ASEAN and the U.S., and set out a series of new cooperation focuses, particularly in dealing with both traditional and non-traditional security challenges, including post-pandemic economic recovery and development.

In his working trip, PM Chinh had meetings with leaders of the U.N. and some of its organisations, U.S. President Joe Biden, leading U.S. officials, and leaders of several U.S. cities.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh speaks at Harvard Kennedy School.

The Foreign Minister said that those meetings demonstrated Vietnam’s sincerity and sense of responsibility in the process of contributing to international affairs.

Regarding PM Chinh’s speeches at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Harvard Kennedy School of Harvard University, Son said that these speeches delivered very important messages on the main views of the Vietnamese Party and State on international issues as well as affirming the country's foreign policy after the 13th National Party Congress.

The messages helped U.S. scholars, researchers and people gain a better understanding of Vietnam.

The working trip by the Government leader also reaffirmed that economics and trade are an important pillar in the Vietnam - U.S. relations. The PM attended and spoke at the Vietnam - U.S. investment promotion conference, witnessed the hand-over of a series of cooperation agreements in various fields, and received leaders of leading U.S. groups and overseas Vietnamese-owned enterprises.

Despite his busy working schedule, PM Chinh reserved time to meet U.S. friends and attended three meetings with Vietnamese people living in the U.S., which affirmed that overseas Vietnamese, including those in the U.S., are an integral part of the Vietnamese ethnic community.

It can be said that this working trip to the U.S. by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and the Vietnamese high-ranking delegation is a success, contributing to the successful implementation of the country’s foreign policy.

Source: VNA