Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Politburo member and Minister-Chairman of the Government Office, on April 20 received US Senator James Webb, who is on a Vietnam visit to boost bilateral economic trade and investment cooperation.

At the reception, Phuc expressed his delight with developing Vietnam-US relations in various fields, saying that the two sides see great potential for expanding mutually beneficial cooperation.

He said he wished that the two sides would jointly solve existing difficulties to further enhance their economic trade and investment cooperation.

Minister Phuc also spoke highly of James Webb’s contributions to developing the Vietnam-US relationship and expressed his hope that with his role and prestige, the Senator will make more contributions to increasing the mutual understanding and cooperation between the two nations.

The US Senator noted developments in the US-Vietnam bilateral ties since the two countries set up diplomatic ties.

He showed his attention to the effective use of Mekong water resources as well as ensuring means of livelihood for residents along the banks of the river, while stressing that cooperation between concerned countries is very necessary and useful.

On this issue, Minister Phuc said that as one of the countries directly connected to the Mekong River, Vietnam wants concerned parties to cooperate in boosting the sustainable management, protection and exploitation of this river./.