HANOI, U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Vietnam — U.S. Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met on June 13 in Hanoi with Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, Vice Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc, Chairman of the Vietnamese Communist Party’s Foreign Relations Commission Le Hoai Trung and Deputy Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien in separate meetings.
During these meetings, Assistant Secretary Sherman emphasized the strength of the comprehensive U.S.-Vietnam partnership and U.S. support for a strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam. She hailed Prime Minister Chinh’s successful visit to the US to attend the US-ASEAN Special Summit and welcomed Vietnam’s participation in the launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework. She also reiterated the United States’ enduring commitment to the legacy of war and humanitarian issues, including accounting for American and Vietnamese war dead, assistance to the disabled, disposal of unexploded ordnance, and joint dioxin remediation. Assistant Secretary Sherman also discussed the human rights situation in Vietnam and stressed the importance of continued bilateral dialogue.