Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh, President of Vietnam - America Association said that Vietnam and the US have reached the maturity level to further deepen cooperative relations, serving the interests of the two countries.

"The past 10 years have been the period of the strongest and most substantial development in all areas of the relationship between Vietnam and the US," said Mr. Pham Quang Vinh, who took office as Vietnamese Ambassador to Washington in November 11. more than a year after the two countries upgraded their relationship to a comprehensive partnership, told .

He explained that Vietnam - US relations were normalized in 1995, but before upgrading to Comprehensive Partnership in 2013, the two countries did not have a suitable framework to unify areas of cooperation.

"With the upgrade of relations, for the first time Vietnam and the US have a stable, long-term and comprehensive partnership framework in all fields," Mr. Vinh said.

One of the things that is easy to see is that since Vietnam and the US upgraded their relations, the two countries have increasingly emphasized cooperation in the political field. The two sides have continuously had high-level visits over the past 10 years, typically with the president Barack Obama or Donald Trump's visit to Vietnam and the visit of General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to the US in 2015.

Ambassador Vinh assessed that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong's visit to the US in July 7 was the most symbolic activity in terms of respect for the two sides' political institutions, because for the first time a General Secretary of Vietnam Nam visits America.

He said that Hanoi and Washington at that time were very eager for the visit to take place, but the US side also had some hesitation in terms of protocol due to differences in political institutions, because the General Secretary was the head of the Communist Party. Vietnamese property, but not the head of state.

"But when connected, the two countries agreed that the heads of political institutions are equivalent and can meet each other," said Mr. Vinh, who held the position of Vietnamese ambassador to the US at the time of his visit. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong took place, said.

During the visit, both sides affirmed the spirit of putting the past behind, looking to the future and promoting stronger relations, while emphasizing the guiding principles of the relationship, including respect for the country's political institutions. together.

"General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Obama at that time also issued a vision statement on the relationship between the two countries to orient development on the basis of comprehensive and further partnership," former ambassador Pham Quang Vinh said.

Besides politics, economic relations between Vietnam and the US have also developed strongly after upgrading relations. About 10 years ago, the trade turnover between the two countries was about 23 billion USD, but now this number is 123 billion USD, an increase of about 3,5 times.

During the Presidential term onald Trump, who pursues the "America First" policy, Vietnam has also re-established dialogue mechanisms to resolve economic and trade problems between the two countries, ensuring compliance with Vietnam's priorities and interests. South and the United States, typically the Framework Agreement on Trade and Investment (TIFA).

"Accordingly, Vietnam agreed to buy more liquefied gas, aircraft and have large projects with the US to show that we also increase US consumption within the scope of our capabilities and financial resources," Mr. Vinh said. know.

Over the past 10 years, all other areas of bilateral relations have seen strong developments.

National defense and security cooperation has seen an increase in port visits by US warships, overcoming war consequences such as dioxin detoxification at Da Nang and Bien Hoa airports, or searching for missing Americans. The US also assisted Vietnam in identifying soldiers who died during the war.

The former ambassador assessed that international and regional cooperation between the two countries is also increasing, especially in Asia - Pacific and ASEAN. The two sides have similarities such as valuing peace, stability and order based on international law, including the East Sea issue.

Vietnam and the US also share the same desire to promote regional cooperation in responding to non-traditional security challenges. "Climate change, epidemics, water security and sea level rise are priority issues for both the US and Vietnam in the region," Mr. Vinh said.

In the phone call between General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and US President Joe Biden on March 29, the two leaders assessed that the Vietnam-US Comprehensive Partnership has developed positively in recent times, in accordance with the interests and aspirations of the two countries.


Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong meets US President Barack Obama at the White House on July 7, 7. Photo: TTXVN

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said that the positive results in the two countries' relations over the past time are the basis for continuing to raise the two countries' relations to new heights, for the benefit of the two peoples, for peace and prosperity. stability and development in the region and the world.

"It can be seen that the two sides have a mature basis for the development of their relationship and also want to upgrade to new heights in the coming time, especially on the occasion of this 10th anniversary," said the former representative. Ambassador Vinh commented.

Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh, President of Vietnam - America Association said that the US President's visit will deepen and orient the relationship between the two countries to further develop,

Mr. Vinh said that the US President's visit will deepen and orient the relationship between the two countries to further develop, including strengthening existing fields and promoting cooperation in new aspects, especially in economics. economics, trade and investment. "The visit will also help strengthen political understanding and trust between the two sides, creating a basis to promote cooperation both bilaterally and multilaterally," he emphasized.