BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam:
“Today we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam.
“Over the past quarter century, the United States and Vietnam have overcome the wounds of war to build a strong partnership in the areas of trade, development, public health, energy, defense, and people-to-people ties. I am committed to advancing U.S. efforts to support a strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam and deepen our comprehensive partnership. The United States must continue to prioritize engagement with Vietnam on important areas such as regional security, trade and economic cooperation, as well as human rights and the rule of law.
“This year, the United States also recognizes and supports Vietnam’s chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Despite limitations on in-person engagements this year due to COVID-19, the United States applauds Vietnam’s work in promoting a “Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN.” The United States remains committed to future cooperation with Vietnam and other ASEAN partners to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region and tackle shared challenges.
“I look forward to further strengthening our relationship with Vietnam over the next 25 years and beyond.”