In his working session with the Vietnamese diplomat, Del Toro affirmed the U.S.'s strong commitment to maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region, in which Vietnam plays an important role.

Ambassador Dung expressed his joy with the growing Vietnam - U.S. relationship, especially collaboration in overcoming post-war consequences, saying that this has contributed to peace and stability in the region.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.S. Nguyen Quoc Dung  speaks at the meeting with members of the Annapolis International Club.

Following their working session, they visited the USNA’s facilities and laid a wreath in tribute to late U.S. Senator John McCain.

Ambassador Dung also had a meeting with Mayor of Annapolis Gavin Buckley during which the diplomat proposed maintaining exchanges between the Annapolis authority and the Vietnamese embassy to seek opportunities for cooperation, including cooperation between Annapolis and localities of Vietnam.

Mayor briefed the guest on the history and culture of Annapolis as well as its strengths and future development orientation, including tourism, biomedical technology, and efforts to respond to impacts of climate change, sea level rise and urbanization.

The Vietnamese diplomat said problems that Annapolis is dealing with are similar to many historical cities in Vietnam, suggesting the municipal authority maintain exchange with the Vietnamese Embassy to the U.S. to seek opportunities for cooperation, including exchange and cooperation between Annapolis and localities of Vietnam.

On the occasion, Ambassador Dung visited the Annapolis International Club and talked with the club's 200 members who are American veterans, government employees and businessmen. The diplomat introduced Vietnam's important socio-economic achievements, and its potential and foreign policy. He also highlighted the fruitful development of the bilateral relations after 28 years of the normalization.

Located to the north of Washington DC, Maryland is home to 350 biotechnology companies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Human Genome Sciences (HGS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Source: VNA