President Vo Van Thuong hailed efforts by the two countries in realizing the high-level agreements reached during the Vietnam visit by President Joe Biden, making the bilateral partnership more substantial and stable.

He welcomed the U.S. to strengthen cooperation with Vietnam, especially in the fields that Kerry pays attention to, such as climate change response and energy transition.

President Vo Van Thuong receives U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry in San Francisco on November 16.

The Vietnamese State leader highly valued the efforts by President Biden and the special envoy in enhancing awareness and taking actions to deal with climate change, affirming that Vietnam wants to foster collaboration with the U.S. in this field in a way that suits Vietnam’s socio-economic conditions and meets the interests of people of the two countries.

Energy transition must ensure the principle of equality, he said, underscoring that Vietnam has continued to implement overall and drastic measures to promote green growth and climate change mitigation, including the approval of the National Power Development Planning for the 2021-2030 period with a vision to 2050, which aims to switch from the use of fossil fuels to renewable and new energy towards the net-zero emission target by 2050.

President Vo Van Thuong also noted his hope that the U.S. side will continue to create more favorable conditions for the implementation of projects to support energy transition and optimize the renewable energy potential in Vietnam, contributing to ensuring long-term energy security.

For his part, Kerry affirmed that the U.S. always values relations with Vietnam and supports the Southeast Asian country in playing an active and practical role in the region.

The U.S. will continue to assist Vietnam in enhancing its capacity in climate change adaptation, pollution control, and sustainable management of resources, while assisting the country in exploiting and using existing resources in an environmentally friendly manner at a reasonable cost in order to reduce the dependence on imported fuels, he pledged.

The U.S. will also support Vietnam in improving its management capacity in the field of environment, he added.

The U.S. official hailed Vietnam’s prompt action in consulting international partners to finalize the Resource Mobilization Plan (RMP) for the implementation of the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) in the next 3-5 years right after adopting the Political Declaration on establishing the JETP.

Kerry emphasized that the U.S. is ready to conduct high-level cooperation with Vietnam to ensure that the 28th U.N. Climate Conference (COP28) will produce positive results.

He affirmed that as a longtime friend of Vietnam, he will continue to advocate support for resilience building for vulnerable communities in the Mekong Delta.

Source: VNA