Ten visiting US parliamentary assistants have pledged to strengthen people-to-people exchanges with Vietnam and seek more cooperation opportunities.

They are on a working trip to Vietnam from April 16-26 to learn about the country, its socio-economic performance and people.

Meeting with Chairman of the Vietnam – US Association Nguyen Tam Chien in Hanoi on April 25, they touched upon the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, saying that once Vietnam becomes its member, it is well-positioned to expand the market with both chances and challenges ahead.

Chien said Vietnam needs more markets for catfish and garments, among others.

In a conversation with representatives of the Vietnam Women’s Union the same day, the US guests described Vietnam as one of the US’s key partners, suggesting that both sides deepen partnerships in economics and trade on the back of bilateral growing ties.

They also expressed attention to the US humanitarian projects in Vietnam, such as support to Agent Orange/dioxin victims, unexploded ordnance clearance, and cultural exchange.-VNA