01/12/2007 - News
A senior diplomat expressed his belief that investment and trade volume between Viet Nam and the U.S. as well as official contacts between the two countries' administrative and legislative agencies would further increase in the future.
Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Nguyen Tam Chien made the remarks at a reception to welcome Viet Nam's entry into the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and full normalisation of Viet Nam-US relations, which was held in Washington D.C, on Jan. 11 .
"We will witness new forms of exchange and cooperation among artists, scientists, military personnel and civil organisations of the two countries," Chien told more than 300 guests at the event, including members of US Congress, government officials, military officers, business leaders and representatives of the Vietnamese community in the US..
He also expected that medical, educational and humanitarian cooperation will be promoted, while bilateral and multilateral relations will be intensified for the sake of global development.
US officials, Congressmen and business leaders hailed Viet Nam's full membership of the WTO, saying that this important event, together with the recent signing of the permanent normalisation trade relations status with Viet Nam by President George W. Bush, will take the two countries' relations to a new stage of development.
Vietnamese and US businesses will now have more opportunities for investment and development in a fair playground, they said.
The reception was held by the Vietnamese embassy in the US and an alliance of US businesses to support Viet Nam's bid to join the WTO, just one day after Viet Nam had been granted official membership to the world's biggest trade organisation.