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Vietnam hosts US-ASEAN relationship forum
VietNamNet Bridge – The Vietnamese Embassy in the US, in coordination with the Southeast Asia Roundtable Forum, held the second Vietnam Forum on the US-ASEAN relationship, in Washington DC on May 10.

Present at the forum were ambassadors and diplomats from 10 ASEAN countries and representatives from the Australian Embassy and the US Department of State and Department of Defense as well as non-governmental organizations in Washington DC.

Speakers, including professor C.Dalpino from Johns Hopkins University and Nirav Patel, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Strategy and Multilateral Affairs, introduced the foreign policies of President Barack Obama’s administration on the Asia-Pacific region and ASEAN in particular.

Nirav affirmed that the US has made great efforts to promote comprehensive cooperation on politics, security, economics, trade and investment with countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The US supports ASEAN’s key role in the region and will closely cooperate with ASEAN for the sake of security, peace, development and prosperity.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the US, Nguyen Quoc Cuong, praised the US’s commitments to contributing to regional peace, stability and development and wished that the US would have concrete programmes to promote US-ASEAN relations.