Saturday, September 13, 2008

Negroponte: U.S. wants closer cooperation with Vietnam

HANOI, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte told Vietnamese government leaders that the U.S. government wants to consolidate cooperation with the Vietnamese government in various aspects, according to local newspaper Vietnam News on Friday.

    During a meeting between the U.S. diplomat and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Hanoi on Thursday, the two sides said they were happy to see friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between Vietnam and the United States in building a friendly partnership framework and multi-faceted cooperation on the basis of mutual benefit and equality.

    Negroponte, who is on a working visit to Vietnam until Sunday, said his country would help Vietnam train 10,000 doctorate degree holders by 2020.

    Dung said he appreciated Negroponte's working results with Vietnamese agencies to boost cooperation between the two countries in many aspects, especially in trade, investment, education, training, environment, and struggle against climate change and rising water levels.

    Earlier, Negroponte had working sessions with Vietnamese leaders of the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Education and Training, Defense, and Public Security. During the sessions, he said the U.S. government wanted closer cooperation with the Vietnamese government in different fields.