President Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives US friends in New York

Update: 10:12 | 22/09/2021
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc received left-wing friends from the US in New York on September 21 afternoon (local time), as part of his trip to the country to attend the high-level general debate of the United Nations General Assembly’s 76th session (UNGA 76).
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives US friends in New York
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) is welcomed by Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Ha Kim Ngoc and Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy - head of Viet Nam’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations at J.F. Kennedy airport. (Photo: VNA)

Phuc stated that the positive and continuous development of the Viet Nam-US relations over the past time is importantly attributable to the contributions of left-wing forces and progressive Americans.

Viet Nam appreciates the practical and valuable support of US leftists in the process of overcoming post-war consequences, and for the bilateral relations, thus bringing about substantive benefits to the two countries and peoples, and contributing to peace, stability, security and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region in general and Southeast Asia in particular.

The President affirmed that under the Communist Party of Viet Nam’s sound foreign policy, Viet Nam has enjoyed good relations with countries around the world despite different political regimes.

He expressed his wish that American friends continue to support the friendship and cooperation between the two countries and peoples.

Earlier, President Phuc had a meeting with a delegation of US friends, led by Merle Ratner, Coordinator of the US-based Viet Nam Agent Orange (AO) Relief and Responsibility Campaign, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary in commemoration of the Agent Orange disaster in Viet Nam.

He affirmed that after more than 25 years of normalisation, the bilateral Viet Nam-US relationship has developed effectively, sustainably and mutually beneficially, based on the principle of respecting each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and political institutions. He spoke highly of the US’s commitment to and support for addressing post-war consequences in Viet Nam, thus contributing to the process of building trust with tireless efforts from both sides

The Vietnamese leader showed his hope that US friends will continue to support the bilateral friendship and cooperation, especially in dealing with the consequences of Agent Orange/dioxin.

Merle Ratner affirmed that she has worked for many years to canvass the US Government to fulfill its responsibility to dioxin victims in Viet Nam by supporting them in all aspects, from health care to vocational training and dioxin detoxification.

She pledged to continue doing all she can to support Viet Nam's Agent Orange/dioxin victims.

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(Source: VNA)