Nonprofit grant-making organisation Ford Foundation and Aspen Institute of the U.S. have reaffirmed their plan to accelerate efforts to help Vietnamese and Americans address the lingering effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam. A press release, issued by the two organizations on May 9, said that a 1.6 million USD grant from Ford Foundation will help the Aspen Institute pursue a set of activities intended to seize the momentum created by the US-Vietnam Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/Dioxin. These include building a long-term, sustainable commitment among a wide array of public and private sources to address Agent Orange at a scale consistent with the Dialogue Group’s plan of action; providing expert oversight of projects in Vietnam to ensure that they remain focused on needs of affected people and employ cost-effective best practices; and publishing periodic reports on the sources and uses of funds and the progress being made. In June 2010, the Dialogue Group released a 10-year plan … [Read more...] about Bản in : U.S. organizations commit to further helping Vietnamese address Agent Orange effects
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A close aide to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar visited Vietnam Jan. 1 to 5 to discuss issues linked to Vietnam-U.S. relations as well as regional issues. During his trip, Keith Luse, also the Chief of Office for Senator Lugar, held a working session with Vice Chairwoman Ton Nu Thi Ninh of the Vietnam National Assembly's Foreign Affairs Committee. Republican aide Keith Luse … [Read more...] about U.S. policymaker discuss bilateral issues in Vietnam
Vietnam Airlines expands its cooperation with other airlines PANO – Over 1,300 delegates from 21 countries attended a meeting on September 14 of specialised task forces against terrorism under the framework of SOM III – APEC. Head of the Multi-lateral Cooperation Department of Vietnam’s Foreign Affairs Ministry Nguyen Quoc Cuong said APEC member countries had approved 3 out of 10 initiatives on fighting terrorism in trade, namely measures on protection of food security initiated by the US, the initiative on no funding for terrorists raised by Australia and the publication of documents on terrorism raised by the Philippines. Vietnam on this occasion signed cooperation agreements with the US and Canada on combating terrorism. Under the agreements, Canada will help Vietnam implement a project to strengthen coordination between ministries and sectors on civil aviation security and the US will provide the Customs Sector of Vietnam with 600,000 USD worth of equipment to … [Read more...] about Vietnam, U.S and Canada reach bilateral agreements on aviation security
Kyrgyzstan's parliament voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to approve a presidential proposal to close a U.S. airbase used to support NATO operations in nearby Afghanistan since 2001, reported RIA-Novosti. The move to close the base was supported by 78 lawmakers, with one against. The pro-presidential Ak Zhol party has 70 seats in the single-chamber, 90-member legislature. President Kurmanbek Bakiyev announced plans to close the only U.S.base in Central Asia after talks in Moscow in early February, when he secured more than $2 billion in aid and loans. Both Russia and Kyrgyzstan have denied any link between the aid deal and the closure of the base, located a short distance from the capital, Bishkek. Bakiyev said Washington had refused to pay more for the base. He also linked the move to the conduct of U.S. military personnel, including the killing of a Kyrgyz national by a U.S. soldier in December 2006. Kabai Karabekov, the head of the parliament's foreign affairs committee, said … [Read more...] about Kyrgyz parliament votes to close U.S. airbase
Vice-chairwoman Ton Nu Thi Ninh of the Vietnam National Assembly's Foreign Affairs Committee held a press conference in Washington, D.C. during her ongoing tour of eight states and 12 cities in the U.S. In reply to questions about "Vietnam's human rights and religious freedom" at the U.S. National Press Club, Ms. Ninh said some individuals and organizations in the U.S. have distributed biased and erroneous information about the current situation in Vietnam. Mrs. Ton Nu Thi Ninh … [Read more...] about NA member meets U.S. media in Washington D.C.