The US Embassy in Hanoi said on February 2 that Indo-Pacific Regional Coordinator Kurt Campbell and Assistant Secretary of State Dan Kritenbrink had just had a conversation with Vietnam’s Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung to “assess the cooperative and continuously developing relationship between the United States and Vietnam.”
The Twitter page of the US Department of State’s East Asia and Pacific Department on January 25 added that “they also discussed an upcoming busy year of cooperation on a variety of bilateral and regional issues.”
On the same day, the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s Twitter page wrote that Dung had a “productive and successful” phone call with two US diplomats aimed at “consolidating the comprehensive partnership between Vietnam – USA.”
“Vietnam hopes to be able to continue exchanging visits and cooperation activities with the United States in 2022 after we solve the COVID-19 epidemic,” the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s Twitter page wrote more.
Recently, on the official Facebook page of the US Embassy, the highest US diplomatic representative in Vietnam, new Ambassador Marc Knapper, sent Tet greetings on the morning of February 1 (the first day of Tet).
Mr. Knapper wrote: “My family and I wish you a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year!” His New Year’s message was accompanied by a photo of the ambassador holding red packets with his wife and pet dog, next to a branch of peach blossom and a kumquat tree, typical symbols of Tet in Vietnam.
Ambassador Knapper arrived in Hanoi on the night of January 27, a few days before Tet, becoming the 8th US ambassador to the reunified Vietnam after 1975.
He also needs to carry out an important procedure, which is to present his credentials to the President of Vietnam to be officially recognized by the host country for his ambassadorial term.