John Kerry Secretary of State has said that the United States and Vietnam are becoming partners on a number of areas, particularly on security, but also we were working very diligently to move our trade relationship to a better place. I know that Vietnam will host the APEC conference, of course, this year. And I know the United States, the new administration, I am confident will be supportive of that initiative.

I do think that there are some remaining significant issues that we need to work on. I will look forward to being in the Mekong Delta where we are working on the Delta Initiative to deal with the question of climate change and the challenges to the delta environment.

And also, I want to emphasize our appreciation for the initiation of the Fulbright University Initiative. This is a very exciting initiative between our countries. It represents the best way to open up opportunity, to provide for the strengthening of the relationship, as people understand each other better. And I think knowledge is the key for young people in today’s competitive world. So we’re very excited about the steps we’re taking together, and I look forward to discussing that with you.

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