Hanoi, The Gulf Observer: Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong and his wife will lead a high-level delegation from Viet Nam to attend the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit in San Francisco, the US, between November 14-17.
The trip is made at the invitation of US President Joe Biden, according to an announcement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the press briefing on Thursday in Hanoi.
Spokesperson for the ministry Phạm Thu Hang said the visit takes place in the context of the 30th anniversary of the first APEC Leaders’ meeting in 1993, hosted by then US President Bill Clinton in Seattle, and the 25th anniversary of Viet Nam’s APEC membership in 1998.
Under the theme of “Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Future for All”, the summit is focused on three priorities: “Interconnected” – building a resilient and interconnected region that advances broad-based economic prosperity; “Innovative” – working to enable an innovative environment for a sustainable future; “Inclusive” – affirming an equitable and inclusive future for all.
Within the framework of APEC, President Thuong will participate in the APEC Leaders’ meeting, dialogue between APEC leaders and APEC Business Advisory Council, deliver an address at the APEC-CEO Summit, as well as have talks with APEC leaders.
The visit demonstrates the growing Viet Nam-US relationship in recent years, marked by the elevation of relations to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership on the occasion of US President Joe Biden’s State visit to Viet Nam at the invitation of General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trọng in September this year, Hang noted.
In this visit, the two sides signed various cooperation agreements on economic affairs, science and technology, education and training, including a number of commercial agreements worth over US$7 billion.
According to the spokesperson, President Thuong’s visit to the US aims to implement the cooperation agreements concluded by the high-level leaders of both countries during President Biden’s Viet Nam visit.
It also seeks to promote US support for Viet Nam in education and training, science and technology, and innovation, enhance cooperation between the two countries, localities, and foster people-to-people exchange.