President Sang to visit the US


The Hanoitimes – State President Truong Tan Sang will pay an official visit to the US from July 24-26 at the invitation of President Barack Obama.

The visit reflects Vietnam’s consistent foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, cooperation and development, as well as multilateralisation and diversification of international relations and international integration, said Luong Thanh Nghi, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs o­n July 18.

Sang and Obama are scheduled to hold talks in Washington DC to put forth big orientations in the two countries’ relations, especially in economics, investment, trade, science, education-training, and humanitarianism.

They will also exchange views o­n regional and international issues of mutual concern.
Vietnam-US ties have developed positively in various areas since the two countries normalized relations in 1995.

Both sides agreed to build a partnership based o­n a positive, growing friendship and mutual respect, and a shared commitment to pursuing constructive and multifaceted cooperation.

The US has become Vietnam’s largest goods consumer since 2005. Two-way trade has increased considerably over the years, and it reached more than US$11 billion in the first five months of 2013 alone.