Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Pham Minh Chinh said that the United States is one of the country’s leading partners.

Vietnam considers the United States as one of the key partners and attaches great importance to the development of a comprehensive partnership between the two countries. This was stated by the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) Pham Minh Chinh, receiving the newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Marc Knapper on Wednesday, the office of the Vietnamese government reported.

“The United States is one of Vietnam’s leading partners, and we intend to deepen the existing comprehensive partnership relations between our countries,” the Prime minister said. He named a number of priorities in bilateral cooperation. These include eliminating the consequences of war, as well as cooperation in the fight against climate change, expanding ties in the fields of defense and security.

In turn, the American Ambassador highly appreciated the development of Vietnam in all areas, noting the country’s successes in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and in socio-economic recovery in the post-pandemic period. The diplomat assured that the United States will do everything possible to assist Vietnam in the development of the country.

It is also reported that the parties discussed issues of ensuring stability, security and freedom of navigation and aviation in the area of the East (South China) Sea, emphasizing the need for exclusively peaceful settlement of all disputes arising in accordance with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

In 1995, the SRV and the United States officially restored the bilateral relations interrupted by the Vietnam War. Over the past period, the United States has become Vietnam’s second largest trade and economic partner – bilateral trade increased from $450 million in 1994 to $111 billion in 2021. The United States ranks 11th among 140 countries and territories investing in the Vietnamese economy. American business implements 1,145 projects in Vietnam with a total capital of more than $10.3 billion.