President Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives US friends in New York

Wednesday, 2021-09-22 10:16:06
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President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) is welcomed at J.F. Kennedy airport (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA - 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 Phuc stated that the positive and continuous development of the Vietnam - US relations over the past time is importantly attributable to the contributions of left-wings forces and progressive Americans.

Vietnam 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 Vietnam’s sound foreign policy, Vietnam 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.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives a delegation of US friends, led by Merle Ratner, Coordinator of the US-based Vietnam Agent Orange (AO) Relief and Responsibility Campaign (Photo: VNA)

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

He affirmed that after more than 25 years of normalisation, the bilateral Vietnam-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 Vietnam, 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 Vietnam 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 Vietnam's Agent Orange/dioxin victims.