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10/5/2017 1:38:34 PM

For-APEC parliamentary group launched in US

A parliamentary group supporting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum was established at the U.S. House of Representatives on October 3rd.

As Vietnam is the host of APEC Year 2017, Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.S. Pham Quang Vinh thanked members of the U.S. Congress, the National Centre for APEC and the business community for the idea, which he said affirms the U.S. Congress’s support for APEC and U.S.-Asia relations.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.S. Pham Quang Vinh speaks at the launching ceremony. (Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Over the past two decades, APEC has become an important forum to promote regional economic development and cooperation, bringing huge benefits for member economies, including the US, Vinh said.

The Ambassador said the Vietnam-U.S. rapport was deepened by the visit to the U.S. by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in May. The upcoming visit to Vietnam by President Donald Trump in November is expected to elevate bilateral relations to a new height, he added.

As the host of APEC 2017, Vietnam has been working with other member economies to boost APEC’s development.

The country has so far held more than 200 related meetings and reaped significant outcomes, Vinh noted.

Vietnam will exert more efforts to ensure the success of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week to be held in the central city of Da Nang in November, he said.

U.S. congressmen said the Asia-Pacific region plays a significant role in the U.S. economy and security.

They said the establishment of the for-APEC parliamentary group is an important endeavour of the U.S. Congress to influence U.S. policies, reinforce the country’s position, and promote economic-trade cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region./.

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