Academy President receives and works with the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam
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Welcoming the Ambassador in his first official working visit to the Academy, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang highly appreciated contributions of Mr. Daniel Kritenbrink to boosting Vietnam-U.S. relations when he served as Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council.

At the meeting, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang provided him with an overview of the history, the development, and resources of the Academy in the Vietnamese political system with an emphasis on its features, role, and duties. As the sole national centre with functions of training mid-level and high-ranking leaders, managers, and political scientists of the Party, the Government, and sociopolitical organizations; and as  a research centre to give consultations and scientific grounds for the policy-making progress in Vietnam, the Academy has currently built curriculum for knowledge enhancement courses, especially those for potential leaders and managers, and has implemented major scientific research programmes as well as projects for the Party and the State.

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang also raised the value of the cooperative relationship between the two countries and affirmed essential and objective needs of the Academy in promoting international cooperation with American prestigious centres and organizations such as the Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies and Harvard University. Besides, he wished that the U.S. Embassy and Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink continued to connect and promote the cooperation between the Academy and its American partners in personnel training, knowledge sharing, exchange of profession, and other tasks which are appropriate for its specific role and responsibilities.

 Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang, Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Chairman of the Party Central Theoretical Council, President of Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics discusses with the United States Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink in the working session

Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink expressed his sincere thanks to the Academy President for taking time to receive the delegation. He acknowledged the position and role of the Academy generally and the Academy President personally in the Vietnamese political system while appreciating cooperative achievements of the two sides during the past time. Being assent with suggestions of the Academy President, Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink asserted the U.S. Embassy would continue its close coordination to make the cooperative relationship between Vietnam in general and the Academy in particular to be substantive and effective.

On his side, Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink informed Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang on five priority areas in the U.S.-Vietnam relation in the  upcoming time, consisting of security, economics, trade, humanitarian, and  addressing war consequences In addition, the two countries will continue boosting the cooperation in the fields that gain  remarkable successes  during the past time, including environment, power, and health.

Ambassador Kritenbrink promised the U.S. would keep supporting Vietnam to improve its maritime capability, which aimed to ensure maritime security, promote freedom of navigation, and resolve disputes through peaceful means with respect to international laws. The U.S. also affirmed its ongoing active participation in the settlement of war post-effects. Dioxin remediation, contamination treatment, clearance of mines, and search for remains of missing-in-actions soldiers will be prioritized.

Mentioning the strengths in the bilateral relations so far, Ambassador Kritenbrink said people-to-people exchange has experienced significant progress. More than 30,000 Vietnamese students in the U.S. and over 1,000 American students studying in Vietnam are helping set up a bridge between the two countries. Moreover, Ambassador Kritenbrink asserted strongly that the trust between Vietnam and the U.S. has developed on a high level, which makes him feel proud.  It results from endless efforts of senior leaders and people of the two nations in many years. The U.S. commits to striving for this comprehensive relationship, contributing to peace and security in the Indian and the Pacific Oceans.

In the working session, the two sides also spent much time discussing regional and global situations as well as strategic adjustments of powerful countries; identifying responsibilities and roles of each country in creating a peaceful, stable, and developing environment; exchanging views on institutional adjustments in the Industrial Revolution 4.0, ensuring the promotion of resources and opportunities and prioritizing the peace and prosperity of each country, nation, and the world.

 Two sides take photos together after the working session

News, photos: Bui Thanh, Manh Thang

Translator: Vu Lan Dung/ Proofreader: Nguyen Thi Viet Nga