Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc
has said he is ready to visit the United State to strengthen bilateral ties as Vietnam seeks to open up further its economy to foreign investment.
The prime minister said at a meeting in Hanoi on March 9 with a delegation of top American enterprises led by Ambassador Michael Michalak, senior vice president and regional managing director of the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC).
At the meeting, PM Phuc affirmed that the Vietnamese government treasures and hopes to boost relations with the U.S. in a comprehensive and stable way, and is willing to work with President Donald Trump’s administration to advance ties, especially trade.
The Vietnamese government is committed to maintaining macro stability and building a transparent regulatory environment to facilitate foreign investment, he added.
U.S. companies said they would continue to invest in Vietnam in a wide range of sectors such as wind power, animal feed, finance, insurance, communications and entertainment.
In a phone call after his election last year, President Donald Trump said he was willing to meet with PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc any time, either in Washington, D.C. or New York, according to PM Phuc.
The two countries have witnessed an increasing exchange of high-ranking visits during two decades after bilateral diplomatic relations were normalized.
Former PM Nguyen Tan Dung visited the U.S. in mid-February 2016 to attend a U.S.-ASEAN summit in Sunnylands, California. His last official state visit was in June 2008.
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong
visited the White House in July 2015, the first visit made by a party chief to the U.S.
Then President Truong Tan Sang
paid an official visit to Washington in July 2013, during which the two nations set up a comprehensive partnership.
As a signal of the thawing bilateral relationship, former U.S. President Barack Obama toured Vietnam in late May 2016 when he announced that Washington fully lifted a U.S. lethal arms embargo on Vietnam that had been in place for four decades.