On the evening of May 27, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son held phone talks to discuss bilateral relations, human rights, the East Sea (South China Sea) situation, and other issues, according to the US Department of State and Vietnam News Agency.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said: “Secretary of State Blinken and Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son commended the strength of the Vietnam-U.S. Comprehensive Partnership and reaffirmed our shared commitment to the protection and maintenance of the rules-based order in the South China Sea.”
The two sides also discussed ongoing concerns related to the military coup in Myanmar and commitments to tackling climate change and responding to COVID-19.
“Secretary Blinken underscored the US commitment to ASEAN centrality, the Mekong-US Partnership, and support for a strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam that respects human rights and the rule of law,” the State Department said in a statement.
Foreign Minister Blineken wrote on Twitter after the phone call: “I am pleased to reaffirm the strength of the Vietnam-US Comprehensive Partnership. The United States supports a strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam.”
The Vietnam News Agency said Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son thanked the US Government for taking practical measures to support Vietnam in fighting the epidemic, especially in accessing vaccines.
Vietnam’s state-controlled media said the United States will continue to support countries and Vietnam to access vaccines through the COVAX program and partner countries, including 80 million doses of the vaccine the United States will provide to the world in the near future. next.
The Vietnamese side affirmed that Vietnam will continue to make efforts to implement measures aimed at promoting stable and harmonious trade relations with the United States, hoping that the United States will soon end the investigation case under Section 301, related to the US claim that Vietnam is a currency manipulator.