Vietnam hopes that the US Government’s current shutdown is only temporary and would not affect the two countries’ relations, a Foreign Ministry spokesman has said.

At a regular press conference in Hanoi on October 3, spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi reported that after the shutdown, the two countries have still maintained their cooperative activities and visit exchanges.

The two countries held their sixth annual political-security-defence dialogue in Washington DC on October 1 and their diplomatic representative offices are operating as usual, Nghi told the reporters.

“We wish the US Government will resume and stabilise its operation soon,” Nghi said.-VNA