PM Pham Minh Chinh and delegates at the ceremony to mark the 78th National Day of Vietnam at U.N.’s headquarters

Speaking at a ceremony on September 19 to mark the 78th National Day of Vietnam and celebrate the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership for peace, cooperation, and sustainable development between Vietnam and the U.S. at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), Todd Frantz, former Assistant of U.S. Defense Attaché to Vietnam in the 2007-2010 period, said the relationship between the two countries has come a long way and continues to evolve and the U.S. looks forward to a cooperative and peaceful relationship in the future.

Frantz said the two sides have achieved significant progresses, he said, noting that leaders of both countries have done their job well and the two nations are truly cooperating effectively with each other.

Overseas Vietnamese entrepreneurs are delighted about the upgrade of the relations between Vietnam and the U.S., which they believe will bring opportunities for connections and cooperation between businesses of the two countries.

Trung Trinh, CEO of the U.S. - Vietnam Business Council in Washington D.C., expressed great excitement about PM Pham Minh Chinh’s visit to the U.S., saying that this demonstrates the high determination of the Vietnamese Party and State in building connectivity with the U.S.

It is a concrete step to turn the cooperation potential into reality, he stressed, adding that the U.S. - Vietnam Business Council has outlined a specific plan, which includes organizing a forum on high-tech agriculture and agricultural exports on October 16, aiming to connect U.S. companies specializing hi-tech agriculture and Vietnamese partners.

During the visit, PM Pham Minh Chinh delivered a policy speech at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. on September 19, which received praises from local political figures, scholars, and students.

David Shear, former U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, said PM Pham Minh Chinh’s speech was very comprehensive and strategic, noting that the PM’s visit to the U.S. is the first high-level visit after the two countries established a comprehensive strategic partnership, and this is an important step forward in the U.S. -Vietnam relationship.

He expressed a hope that the two governments and people will strive to complete PM Pham Minh Chinh’s plan.

Vietnamese students studying at Georgetown University said they are impressed by the upgrading of the relations between the two nations. They expressed their belief that Vietnam and the U.S. will continue to make new strides and bring mutual benefits to both sides.

Source: VNA