Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc: Whoever wins the presidential election, the United States is still a friend


Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc: Whoever wins the presidential election, the United States is still a friend

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed that Vietnam respects the decisions of the American people and whoever wins the election, the United States is still a friend and has good relations with Vietnam and ASEAN.

That is Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s assertion when answering questions from reporters at the international press conference on the results of the 37th ASEAN Summit and related high-level conferences on the afternoon of November 15.

Before that, reporter’s AFP congratulate Vietnam on the successful organization of the 37th ASEAN Summit and question Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc about the US Presidential election, and if Mr. Joe Biden is elected, he will pay attention to human rights issues in ASEAN.

“So have ASEAN leaders discussed this issue yet, how will the results be?”, The reporter raised the issue.

Answering these questions, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stated clearly that Vietnam respects the decisions of the American people and whoever wins the election, America is still a friend, having good relations with Vietnam in the spirit of understanding. , mutual respect.

ASEAN-US relations are just as good. ASEAN has not discussed around the human rights issue that Mr. Joe Biden (if any) poses because this is not the topic that ASEAN countries raise for discussion.

The largest cooperation between ASEAN and the United States is economy, trade and investment because ASEAN’s second largest trading partner is the United States, and is also the largest FDI investor with a total investment of 330 billion USD. ASEAN.

“It can be said that the continuous development of US trade and investment, economic and trade cooperation between the two sides has really become the basis for the long-term development of relations, including Vietnam. and ASEAN countries ”, the Prime Minister stated.

ASEAN countries appreciate their strategic partnership with the United States on the basis of respect for independence, mutual sovereignty, and the desire to build a region of peace, stability, development and prosperity.

The United States is also an important partner of ASEAN in supporting human resource training through many programs and projects. In addition, the United States is also actively participating in ASEAN’s efforts to narrow the development gap.

“I believe that the ASEAN-US partnership has developed over the past four decades and will continue to grow well in the coming time,” the Prime Minister said.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired an international press conference on the results of the 37th ASEAN Summit and related high-level conferences (Photo: Duc Thanh)

In addition, the Prime Minister also answered questions surrounding strategic competition among major countries. This is considered one of the major challenges for ASEAN in 2020 and affects the solidarity and unity of ASEAN.

According to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, major countries play an important role in ensuring peace, maintaining stability and promoting global prosperity, including Southeast Asian countries. ASEAN in general and Vietnam in particular want major countries to have positive relations, healthy competition, respect ASEAN’s central role in the region, thereby contributing effectively and substantially to peace, security, cooperation and development in the region and the world …

In that spirit, Vietnam has united with ASEAN member countries “unified in stance, consistent in action, sincere in cooperation” with partners striving for an open, transparent region. and operates based on rules.

Previously, announcing to domestic and international reporters, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that the conference was a success with more than 20 high-level meetings, over 80 documents were passed, the largest number. ever.

The meeting discussed and discussed very practical and specific issues for countries, especially with nearly 63 million people of ASEAN, including necessary solutions to cope with the Covid-19 epidemic. double consumption, both preventing and fighting epidemics, developing production and business; discuss security and peace issues in the region, especially ASEAN waters and related partners; Signed the RCEP Agreement including 10 ASEAN countries and 5 partner countries …

“This is an important event not only for ASEAN but also an important event for global trade with measures to overcome supply chain failures to flow trade and investment within ASEAN and its partners. epidemic context “, the Prime Minister assessed the RCEP Agreement.

Prime Minister said that at this conference, the leaders confirmed that during the difficult period due to Covid-19 and the international and regional situation, the issue of cooperation, peace and stability would become. more urgent than ever. A spirit of respect for the law, respect for sovereignty and legitimate rights of the countries under international law is highly valued and emphasized by countries.

The leaders of the countries are determined and affirmed towards building the East Sea region of peace, stability, friendship, cooperation, where freedom of navigation and overflight is guaranteed, all activities at sea are based on international legal framework, including the 1982. UNCLOS Convention. Countries highly promote the restraint and serious implementation of the DOC, ASEAN and China Declaration soon to develop an effective, effective and appropriate COC Code. with international law and UNCLOS 1982.

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