USA expresses best wishes for Vietnam on its national day

Friday, August 31st, 2012 8:57:19 by

As the National day of Vietnam approaches, the USA has congratulated and sends best wishes for the country’s people in advance. In her message to the Vietnam government and the people, America’s secretary for foreign affairs, Hillary
Clinton said, “On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to congratulate the Vietnamese people as they celebrate Vietnam’s National Day on September 2.”

Clinton, while referring to her visit to Vietnam back in July, said that it was a major deliberation since relations have been normalized between the two countries. She said, “In July, I visited Hanoi on my third trip to Vietnam
as Secretary of State. This visit celebrated the progress we have made together in the 17 years since we normalized diplomatic relations. Our trade relationship has grown from almost nothing in 1995 to nearly $22 billion annually, and we continue to deepen
our economic cooperation. We are working together on a wide range of issues, from promoting maritime security to improving public health and providing disaster relief, while forthrightly addressing the need for greater protection of human rights, including
religious freedom.”

Referring to the USA’s initiatives to facilitate the students in Vietnam under the Fulbright Scholarship program, the secretary of the states said, “This year we also mark the 20th anniversary of our Fulbright program
in Vietnam, which has brought many of Vietnam’s current and future leaders to study in the United States. Nearly 15,000 Vietnamese students are now attending colleges and universities in the United States, and that number continues to grow, increasing mutual
understanding between our two countries.”

Expressing America’s intentions for the coming years vis a vis relations with Vietnam, Clinton said, “In the coming year we will work to expand these people-to-people exchanges. We will continue our dialogue to promote human rights,
and we will expand our cooperation on trade, health, and environmental challenges. We are committed to strengthening the strategic relationship between our countries based on mutual respect and our common desire to foster peace and stability throughout the

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