Vietnam considers US a strategically important partner: Vice State President

Vice State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan (L) and President Pro Tempore of US Senate Patty Murray at their meeting on March 13 in Washington, D.C(Photo: VNA)At the meeting between Vice State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Elizabeth M. Allen in Washington DC on March 13. (Photo: VNA)- Vietnam regards the US as a strategically important partner, Vice State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan affirmed at a meeting with President Pro Tempore of the US Senate Patty Murray on March 13 in Washington, D.C.Xuan told Murray that Vietnam hopes for bilateral engagement to actively implement the countries’ new bilateral relations framework as well as agreements reached during President Joe Biden's visit to Vietnam in September last year, bringing practical benefits to their peoples.Suggesting the organisation of more parliamentary delegation exchanges to strengthen mutual understanding and trust, she underscored Vietnam's readiness for dialogue and exchange of ideas with the US on remaining differences.The leader also proposed that the US government and congress continue to prioritise cooperation in addressing the consequences of war in Vietnam, facilitating trade and investment relations with the nation, and promptly recognising Vietnam as a market economy.Welcoming the US's expanded relations with Asia-Pacific and positive contributions to peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region, she called on the country to further support ASEAN's centrality, the ASEAN-US comprehensive partnership, and the Mekong-US partnership.For her part, Murray affirmed her strong support for the US’s efforts to enhance its friendship and cooperation with Vietnam over recent times, and pledged to continue joining the congress’s efforts to facilitate the development of the bilateral ties, including the implementation of the comprehensive strategic partnership framework.She also expressed interest in learning about Vietnam's situation and policy perspectives regarding sustainable development in the Mekong Delta, climate change response, women empowerment, and addressing challenges to peace, stability, and development in Southeast Asia.Later the same day, Xuan received Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Elizabeth M. Allen who stated that the US values and prioritises the countries’ implementation of the new relation framework to bring tangible benefits to both sides.In response, Xuan urged the US Department of State to closely work with the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other units involved in carrying out the nations’ comprehensive strategic partnership, particularly their cultural, education, and people-to-people ties.Allen revealed that the US will continue to make resources serving joint projects with Vietnam a priority in terms of culture, education, and people-to-people relations.She also informed Xuan of several important bilateral cultural and educational cooperation programmes planned for the near future, such as developing the higher education and vocational education system, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, cultural exchange, and heritage preservation.Immediately after the meeting, Xuan, together with the Under Secretary of State and Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Nguyen Quoc Dung, witnessed the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding on cultural cooperation and people-to-people relations between the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the US Department of State./.

March 14, 2024 19:48 UTC


Vietnam works towards equal access to quality education

Illustrative image (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Chief Representative of UNESCO Vietnam Jonathan Baker said on March 14 that it is crucial for Vietnam, home to many ethnic groups, to ensure equal access to education for minority students. Speaking at an international conference jointly held byIn terms of gender equality, he said that although Vietnam has gained significant achievements in ensuring – Chief Representative of UNESCO Vietnam Jonathan Baker said on March 14 that it is crucial for Vietnam, home to many ethnic groups, to ensure equal access to education for minority students.Speaking at an international conference jointly held by UNESCO Vietnam and the Vietnam National Institute of Educational Services (VNIES) in Hanoi, Baker said the rich-poor divide and the gap between urban and rural areas should be taken into account in this regard.In terms of gender equality, he said that although Vietnam has gained significant achievements in ensuring equal access to education for both boys and girls, males and females, more work should be done to address the root causes of gender disparity and stereotypes. The cooperation between UNESCO and the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) and localities revealed the fact that greater efforts are required to ensure that minority girls face no hindrances to schooling, Baker continued. In his remarks, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Van Phuc briefed participants on Vietnam’s educational landscape, as well as challenges to the enforcement of policies that aim to ensure equality in education. The official used this occasion to call on international organisations and experts to further support Vietnamese scientists in building education strategies and plans, and promote cooperation between countries in this sphere./.

March 14, 2024 12:25 UTC


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