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The US President expressed his pleasure to welcome the ASEAN Leaders, announcing the 150 million USD Initiative package

On the evening of May 12 (local time), Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and leaders of other countries ASEAN Attend a reception hosted by US President Joe Biden at the White House.

President Biden expressed his pleasure and honor to welcome the ASEAN Leaders, considering this a great opportunity for the parties to jointly assess and orient the ASEAN-US relationship. In particular, this event took place at a meaningful time, the two sides celebrating 45 years of relationship.

The Leaders agreed that ASEAN-US relations have developed dynamically and strongly over the past 45 years, together overcoming many challenges and achieving many important achievements in cooperation in all fields from politics- security, economy-trade, culture-society and development cooperation. Both ASEAN and the US affirmed the importance of each other’s roles as well as the importance of the ASEAN-US partnership for peace, security, cooperation and prosperous development in the region and the world.

President Biden affirmed his importance and desire to elevate ASEAN-US relations and pledged to support the central role of ASEAN and the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP). The President of the United States announced a package of initiatives worth more than 150 million USD to attract the private sector to invest billions of USD in cooperation projects in areas such as trade-investment exchange, stability. supply chain, health capacity building, maritime cooperation, infrastructure development, education, human resource development, energy, climate change response, sustainable development.

Leaders of ASEAN countries highly appreciate and expect the US to continue to actively and constructively cooperate with ASEAN to promote dialogue and cooperation, and join hands to effectively handle challenges in the region. ASEAN also hopes that, in addition to economy and trade, the two sides will expand cooperation in many new fields such as green economy, circular economy, digital transformation, sustainable energy transition, response to environmental problems, and the like. non-traditional security challenges such as epidemics, climate change, etc.

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US President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh – Photo: VGP

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh highly appreciated the significance of the Conference, clearly showing the commitment of the two sides to go together towards peace, stability and common prosperity. Looking back 45 years, the US, the world’s leading power, and ASEAN, the region with the most dynamic economic development, have cooperated very actively in the spirit of respecting the law and ASEAN’s central role, since then. building the foundation for trust, jointly building an open, transparent, inclusive and international law-based regional structure. Along with that, economic, trade and investment cooperation developed strongly and became a stronger and stronger link of people-to-people friendship. With these achievements, the Prime Minister affirmed that this is the right time for ASEAN and the US to discuss new and better development milestones.

Sharing about the orientation of bilateral relations, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh emphasized that maintaining peace and maintaining stability must be considered the top concern of both ASEAN and the US. The Prime Minister expected the US to always support ASEAN to play a central role in processes in the Asia-Indo-Pacific region; jointly contribute to building new directions for cooperation frameworks chaired by ASEAN, creating a balanced and harmonious environment in the region; with ASEAN in sincere dialogue on the basis of trust and responsibility, supporting the settlement of differences and disagreements, based on peaceful measures, in accordance with international law, the United Nations Charter and the Treaty of Amity. Friendship and Cooperation in Southeast Asia.

Emphasizing the need to restore trade and investment flows, creating momentum for the next phase, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh affirmed that Vietnam will apply the best measures to support US investors and businesses. , rapidly expanding business in Vietnam market, connecting with potential ASEAN market.

The Prime Minister also suggested the US, with its experience and resources, support ASEAN in green and sustainable development, economic restructuring, technology application, digital transformation, renewable energy development, friendly environment, and accelerate comprehensive and sustainable recovery efforts. ASEAN also expects the US to promote cooperation initiatives within the framework of the US-Mekong Partnership, contributing to ensuring development quality and supporting equitable and sustainable development in the region.

Faced with the complex impacts and consequences of non-traditional challenges, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh emphasized the need to develop a global approach to solving global problems. ASEAN countries look forward to continuing to receive the US’s cooperation and support to strengthen and improve healthcare capacity, share experiences, transfer vaccine production technology, and respond effectively to challenges. such as environmental degradation, climate change, etc.

Looking to the future, the Prime Minister expressed optimism about the strong breakthrough of the ASEAN-US strategic relationship, and affirmed that Vietnam will actively contribute to elevating the ASEAN-US relationship for peace, stability, cooperation and sustainable development of ASEAN countries and the US, as well as the region and the world.

The Leaders of ASEAN and the United States agreed to support the establishment of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and expressed their hope that this relationship would develop in a substantive, effective and mutually beneficial manner.

The ASEAN-US Special Summit is expected to take place on May 13 with working sessions between President Biden, Vice President Haris and leaders of ASEAN countries.

Earlier, within the framework of the Special Summit to celebrate the 45th anniversary of ASEAN-US relations, on May 12 local time, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and the leaders of ASEAN countries had lunch with representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Leader of the US Congress. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi welcomed the leaders of ASEAN countries at Capitol Hill, the US Capitol building which is known as having the most beautiful dome architecture in the world.

The working lunch took place in an open atmosphere, with practical content, showing the US Congress’s respect for ASEAN as well as its support for further strengthening and deepening the ASEAN-US relations during this time. next. Trade, investment, people-to-people exchanges, science and technology, renewable energy development, response to security challenges in the region and globally… are the contents mentioned by the countries in the exchange. .

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