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7/4/2019 3:49:45 PM

Vietnamese leaders congratulate US on Independence Day

Vietnamese leaders recently extended their greetings to US counterparts on occasion of the country’s 243rd Independence Day (July 4).

Party General Secretary, President Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and US President Trump. Photo: VNA

Party General Secretary, President Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on July 3rd sent their greetings to US President Donald Trump.

General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong and US President Donald Trump meets during the second DPRK-US Summit in Hanoi.

On the occasion, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan extended her greetings to US Vice President, President of the Senate Michael Pence and Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.

On the same day, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh sent his greetings to US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.

Vietnam and US normalized their diplomatic relations in 1995. In nearly 25 years, the two sides' ties have been strengthening in various aspects. Two-way trade value topped USD 60 billion last year. Of this figure, exports from the US rose to over USD 12 billion, an increase of more than 36 percent over that of 2017, making Vietnam one of the markets with the fastest growth of the US.

US's governmental agencies and NGOs have been actively taking part in helping Vietnam heal postwar wounds, with projects ranging from unexploded ordnances removal, environmental remediation, supporting war victims, etc.

The two countries' link in education also witnesses progress in the past years. By late 2018, the number of Vietnamese students in the United States has increased consistently for 17 straight years, according to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) annual “Open Doors” Report.   

Meanwhile, Vietnam is becoming a more popular destination for American students.  In academic year 2016-17, Vietnam welcomed over 1,100 students from the United States, an increase of 13 percent.   
  ( VNF )
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