PM Phuc Holds Phone Talks with American President Trump

1:45:09 PM | 8/5/2020

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on May 6 held a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump at the request of the American side.

President Trump spoke highly of Viet Nam’s capacity to cope with the COVID-19 outbreaks and extended thanks to the Southeast Asian country for having facilitated transportation of medical supplies and donated face masks to the US.

He announced that the US is ready to present ventilators to support COVID-19 patient treatment in Viet Nam, suggesting both countries should strengthen cooperation in the fight against the virus.

Trump took the occasion to express his regret at the cancellation of the US-ASEAN Special Summit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying he wishes to further foster partnership with ASEAN in the time to come.

Meanwhile, PM Phuc extended sympathies to the American people during this hard time, expressing his belief that President Trump and his Administration will soon contain the pandemic and restart the economy.

Phuc highly valued President Trump’s goodwill to donate ventilators to Viet Nam as well as bilateral cooperation in combating the pandemic.

He also thanked the US for having provided financial support to ASEAN countries, including US$10 million for Viet Nam to improve its healthcare capacity and aid post-pandemic economic recovery.

The two leaders were glad at the practical advancements of the Viet Nam-US ties across all fields, from politics-diplomacy, economy-trade, security-defense to overcoming war aftermath.

They also expressed their pleasure at the growth of the bilateral trade in the first quarter this year, in which the US exports to Viet Nam rose by 17% against the same period last year.

The pair agreed to continue beefing up economic and trade cooperation and expanding market access to their products.

Both sides exchanged on measures to further deepen the bilateral ties, especially on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, thus making practical contributions to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region.

President Trump affirmed that the US attaches importance to the comprehensive partnership with Viet Nam, noting that the bilateral ties have advanced robustly over the last 25 years and will continue to develop soundly in the coming time.

Earlier on March 26 and April 28, the two leaders exchanged letters on COVID-19.

Source: VGP