Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh hosted a reception in Hanoi on June 21 for former US Secretary of State John Kerry who is on a two-day working visit to Vietnam.

Minh spoke highly of Kerry’s efforts and contributions Vietnam-US relations over the past decades in his capacity as both Secretary of State and Senator, as well as his continued special attention to Vietnam.

The Deputy PM briefed his guest on the current situation of Vietnam-US ties, including the outcomes of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s recent visit to the US, and affirmed his support for the early operation of the Fulbright University Vietnam.

He welcomed the connection between the university’s training programmes with Vietnam’s sectors with high demands such as engineering, aerospace and cyber security as well as proposals to minimise climate change impacts in the country.

Minh suggested Kerry continue supporting Vietnam-US cooperative ties, especially in economy, trade, investment, education, science-technology, overcoming war aftermaths and response to climate change.

For his part, Kerry said he will continue exerting efforts for the development of Vietnam-US ties, especially in areas benefiting the Vietnamese people.

He thanked the Foreign Ministry of Vietnam for supporting the establishment of the Fulbright University Vietnam, expressing his belief that the university will contribute to the development process of Vietnam and deepening the Vietnam-US relationship in the future.

Kerry underlined the significance of green and renewable energy development to sustainable socio-economic development in each country, affirming that he is willing to support Vietnam in the field.-VNA