Press Statement

Michael R. Pompeo

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

August 30, 2018

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend to the people of Vietnam my best wishes for your National Day on September 2nd.

This year, I was able to see firsthand the remarkable growth in our bilateral relationship, and the rapid pace of positive change in Vietnam. You have much to be proud of as a strong, dynamic, and culturally vibrant nation, deeply engaged with friends and partners across the region.

Together, Vietnam and the United States have accomplished much over the past year. We have expanded our security relationship, forged new business links, and grown our people-to-people ties. Visits by President Trump, Secretary Mattis and Deputy Prime Minister Hue have reinforced our shared commitment to peace, security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, and we look forward deepening our cooperation in the year ahead. The future for our two nations is bright, and our friendship is full of still greater promise.

As you celebrate today, I offer the United States’ hopes for a peaceful and prosperous year ahead.

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