US senator delegation arrives in Viet Nam
Vice Chairman Luu made the remark while receiving a delegation of the US Senate, led by Senator Saxby Chambliss, leader of the Republican senators in the Senate’s Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, in Ha Noi on Aug. 29.
He lauded the progression in Viet Nam-US ties, and said that rapid growth in economic, and investment cooperation has led to an expansion in other areas such as drug controls, HIV/AIDS the prevention, prevention of transnational crimes and social and humanitarian issues.
Senator Chambliss, who is also member of the Senate Armed Service Committee and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that the signing of the US-Viet Nam Bilateral Trade Agreement has accelerated trade between the two countries. Viet Nam and the US are moving closer together and the two parliaments reflect that shift by continuing to promote bilateral ties for the benefit of both countries.
Vice Chairman Luu spoke about the need to promote exchange and negotiations to increase mutual understanding and mutually-benefited cooperation as well as reducting differences between the two sides.
Regarding the “Viet Nam Human Rights Acts of 2007” that was recently rolled out by the US Congress’s External Relations Committee, NA Vice Chairman Luu said documents of this nature should not see the light of day while the two countries are enjoying the greatest partnership in their shared history. He went on to say that the US senators would not approve the act.
Devastated by a prolonged war, Viet Nam, better than anyone else, is well aware of the value of human rights and is doing its utmost to afford right to every Vietnamese individual, the Vice Chairman Luu concluded.
Senator Chambliss said that what he had witnessed Viet Nam is increasing openness and hoped that Viet Nam would continue down the same road in the future.
The US senators went on to talk up Viet Nam’s economic achievements, HIV/AIDS control, the containment of type A flu epidemic, and public health care at large.
The same day, Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieu. Gen Nguyen Huy Hieu met the visiting delegation, discussed defence and security cooperation, the search for US soldiers that are missing in action, since the war, Agent Orange victims and the clearance of unexploded mines and ordnances.
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