Acting Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long attended the event.

On the behalf of the Government of Vietnam, Long congratulated the U.S. leaders and people on their major U.S. anniversaries and highly valued the efforts of U.S. governmental agencies to promote bilateral relations over the past years.

Acting Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long (R) and U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink at the ceremony. Photo: Vietnam+

The Vietnamese official underlined that with the 25-year relations based on mutually beneficial cooperation and mutual respect, the two countries’ comprehensive partnership has developed positively, and been expanded and deepened in all fields.

He spoke highly of the growing bilateral trade, which has turned the U.S. into the biggest market of Vietnamese exports and Vietnam into one of the fastest growing markets for imports from the U.S.

Long treasured the U.S. assistance in addressing war consequences in Vietnam, especially the detoxification of dioxin contamination at Da Nang and Bien Hoa airports and the identification of remains of Vietnamese soldiers missing in action, saying that it is an important effort to further the trust and cooperation between the two countries.

He also hailed the practical and effective medical cooperation between the two nations, especially in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

For his part, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink reaffirmed the U.S’s support for a strong, independent, and prosperous Vietnam and its respect for the country’s political institutions.

He emphasized that medical cooperation has become a bright spot in the bilateral relations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected every aspect of life in almost all countries around the world. 

The U.S. diplomat also highly appreciated the two countries’ active cooperation in multilateral forums, such as ASEAN-led mechanisms and the U.N.

He stressed the U.S.’s commitment to support Vietnam in war consequence relief, promotion of cooperation in economy-trade, education, healthcare, science-technology has developed the two countries’ relations in an intensive manner, meeting the two peoples’ aspirations, and contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and world.

Translated by Chung Anh