President Obama met with President Truong Tan Sang of Vietnam today, the first bilateral meeting between the two leaders and an opportunity to further strengthen the relationship between our countries.
Recognizing the “extraordinarily complex history between the United States and Vietnam,” President Obama said that the mutual respect and trust we’ve established will allow cooperation on a whole range of issues from trade and commerce to military cooperation to people-to-people relations.
President Obama and President Sang also discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an effort to increase trade and commerce throughout the Asia Pacific region. “And we're committed to the ambitious goal of completing this agreement before the end of the year because we know that this can create jobs and increase investment across the region and in both our countries,” President Obama said.
So I just want to say to President Sang how much I appreciate his visit. I think it signifies the maturing and the next stage of the development between the United States and Vietnam. As we increase consultation, increase cooperation, increase trade, and scientific and education exchanges, ultimately, that’s going to be good for the prosperity and opportunities of the people here in the United States, as well as good for the opportunities and prosperity of the people of Vietnam.
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