President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) meets US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry in Hanoi on February 23 (Photo: VNA)
Nguyen Xuan Phuc received US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry in
Hanoi on February 23, asking his guest to work for continued
support of the US Government for Vietnam in this important regard.
The host leader spoke highly
of Kerry’s efforts to help enhance the Vietnam - US relations, especially since
the countries normalised their ties. He also applauded the significant outcomes
of the recent visits to Vietnam by US leaders, especially the trip by Vice President
Kamala Harris in August 2021, which have promoted the two sides’ comprehensive
Kerry noted the Vietnam - US comprehensive
partnership has become increasingly substantive and fruitful since there
remains much room for their cooperation, including in climate change response, and the two countries will
increase cooperation to prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (COP
He added the US can help Vietnam during the transition to clean
energy, especially solar energy, and that it has many ideas, financial sources,
and manpower to help the Southeast Asian nation with the climate change issue.
The US can also assist
Vietnam in carrying out digital transformation to serve socio-economic
development, according to the Special Envoy.
opinions, President Phuc stressed that Vietnam is working hard on climate change
response and has decided to put an end to coal-fired power generation by 2050.
The meeting between President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry in Hanoi on February 23 (Photo: VNA)
As Vietnam needs not only
funding but also technology and manpower for developing wind, solar, and hydro
power projects, it hopes for the US’ continued assistance, the President said.
He noted that Vietnam is facing serious impacts of the sea level rise, and asked the US to pay more attention to the lower Mekong River, which is the most vulnerable region to the problem.
Phuc said Vietnam highly
values the aid and commitment from the US Government, including Kerry himself,
to the settlement of war aftermath. It hopes that the US side will increase the
budget for handling Agent Orange/dioxin consequences, clearing unexploded
ordnance, supporting the disabled, and related issues.
Vietnam pledges to continue
fully cooperating, in the humanitarian spirit, in the search for US servicemen
missing in action, he stated.
The President added Vietnam
welcomes the US’ increased cooperation in Asia-Pacific, thereby contributing
more to regional peace, stability, cooperation, and development.
He also asked Kerry to keep
promoting the US Government’s attention, resources, and finance for the
collaboration in education and training with Vietnam, along with the creation of favourable
conditions for Vietnamese students in the US.
In particular, Phuc suggested the US continue investing in the Fulbright University Vietnam, which is
also the “brainchild” of Kerry./.