PNTR for Viet Nam to Be Approved Soon

The website of the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in the US on July 14 introduced three letters regarding Viet Nam-US relationship, particularly the PNTR for Viet Nam and the US President’s support of Viet Nam’s entry in the WTO.

In a letter sent to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the ASEAN Washington Committee (AWC) has shown their support of Viet Nam - U.S. Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR).

Mr. Sudjadnan Pamohadiningrat, Indonesian Ambassador to the US and also Chairman of AWC, urged for support from the U.S. Administration to ensure an earliest possible extension of PNTR to Viet Nam.

He wrote, "For our Association as a whole, PNTR for Viet Nam will represent a concrete example of the US-ASEAN enhanced partnership and underscore the importance that the United States attaches to ASEAN in the face of dynamic and comprehensive changes in the region.

"In the same vein, PNTR for Viet Nam will help facilitate both the success of the APEC 2006 and the historic visit by President Bush to Southeast Asia."

"May I, on behalf of the ASEAN Washington Committee by way of this letter, respectfully ask for top level support of the Administration and for your personal involvement to ensuring that PNTR will be granted to Vietnam at the earliest possible moment," concludes the letter.

Besides, the website also introduced two letters of President George Bush to congratulate Mr. Nguyen Minh Triet and Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung for their new posts as State President and Prime Minister.

President Bush expressed in his letter to Mr. Triet that Viet Nam's upcoming accession to the WTO and its hosting of the APEC leader's meeting are a testament to the energy and vitality of the country as it continues down its path of reform and the United States hopes to support this process and use the opportunity to open up a new chapter in the friendship between the two nations.

"As I told your predecessor when he visited Washington in 2005, I fully support Viet Nam's accession to WTO, and hope this can be completed as soon as possible. Your country's strong economic growth in recent years reflects the talents of the people of Viet Nam, and further reform of the Vietnamese system will fully unleash their great potential," the US President wrote in his letter to Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

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Source: Embassy of Viet Nam in the US – Compiled by Trong Khuong

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