Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pham Gia Khiem, will pay an official visit to the US from March 11 to March 16 at the invitation of the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, according to Le Dzung, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on March 1.
The visit aims to strengthen developing relations between Viet Nam and the US, especially in the areas of science and technology, trade, and education and training. Furthermore, during the visit, the leaders of both countries are to discuss measures to implement agreements reached between the two countries during the official visit of US President G.W. Bush to Viet Nam in November 2006.
|Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem|
The visit by Mr. Khiem is part of a series of events in preparation for the official visit of President Nguyen Minh Triet to the US in the middle of the year.
A spokesperson said that Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem’s agenda includes scheduled meetings with US officials, leaders of big US corporations and representatives of overseas Vietnamese in the US.
In reply to questions regarding the normalization negotiation between Japan and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Mr. Le Dzung confirmed that negotiations are to take place in Ha Noi on March 7 and 8. Currently, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working with the Japanese Embassy in Viet Nam to create favorable conditions for foreign reporters; Ha Noi-based reporters and Vietnamese reporters will also be covering this event.
He stressed that Viet Nam hopes the negotiation between Japan and the DPRK will force normalization between the two countries and will contribute to bringing about stability in the region.