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US national security advisor seeks to expand cooperation with Vietnam

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US national security advisor seeks to expand cooperation with Vietnam

U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien (L) is with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi, November 21, 2020. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien discussed expanding security and defense cooperation while on a three-day visit to Vietnam that commenced Friday.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh met with O’Brien on Saturday, both officials agreeing the relationship between Vietnam and the U.S. had never reached such heights, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a press release.

In the field of security and defense, Minh praised cooperation between the two sides, including maintaining bilateral dialogue mechanisms and strengthening cooperation in search and rescue, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

The U.S. earlier announced a donation of $2.1 million in immediate relief to people affected by last month’s multiple storms and flooding in central Vietnam.

The two sides also exchanged views on promoting bilateral relations, which prioritized the early resumption of regular delegation exchanges, strengthening humanitarian cooperation, and bilateral trade and investment relations on the basis of mutual benefits.

The same day, O’Brien met with Minister of Public Security To Lam to discuss fighting transnational crime and increasing cooperation on other security issues.

“NSA Robert O’Brien and Vietnamese Minister [of] Public Security To Lam met today to discuss joint efforts to combat transnational crime in support of the new U.S.-Mekong Partnership, and to expand cooperation on a broad range of security issues,” the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi said in a post on its Facebook page.

During his meeting with Vietnam’s Minister of National Defense Ngo Xuan Lich, O’Brien stressed that the U.S. highly valued its comprehensive partnership with Vietnam and affirmed his nation’s continued support for a strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam as well as for the Southeast Asian country to play an increasingly important role in the region.

O’Brien said the U.S. will continue to help Vietnam overcome the consequences of the war as the priority of bilateral defense cooperation. He also thanked Vietnam for its efforts to assist in the search for the remains of U.S. soldiers reported missing in action.

Over three decades, Vietnam has helped find the remains of 770 American soldiers active during the Vietnam War. There are an estimated 1,200 Americans still unaccounted for in Vietnam since the conflict ended.

Minister Lich said O’Brien’s visit comes at a time when Vietnam and the U.S. celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations. He also highlighted outstanding cooperation achievements between the two sides like the implementation of a dioxin cleanup project at Bien Hoa Airport, the most contaminated spot in the country, a project to support Vietnamese with disabilities in localities sprayed with Agent Orange and the U.S. support in the field of UN peacekeeping as well as capacity building assistance for Vietnam Coast Guard.

During a meeting with O’Brien, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc highly appreciated the close and timely cooperation between Vietnam and the U.S. in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. The two sides agreed that the two countries will continue to cooperate in dealing with challenges facing by both.

Vietnam earlier donated hundreds of thousands of antibacterial face masks and other medical supplies to the U.S., the world’s biggest Covid-19 hotspot, to aid its pandemic fight while the U.S. provided a $9.5 million package comprising medical assistance and support to mitigate Covid-19 impacts on the Vietnamese economy.

O’Brien, 54, will be in Vietnam until Sunday to discuss bilateral relations and regional and international issues that concern both Vietnam and the U.S., Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang told the press Thursday.

He is the fourth person to hold the national security advisor position during the presidency of Donald Trump.

He participated in last week’s virtual ASEAN – U.S. Summit organized by Vietnam, praising Vietnam’s role as the chair of ASEAN this year, particularly in coordinating regional efforts amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

His visit came more than two weeks after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Hanoi where he affirmed his nation’s continued support for a strong, prosperous and independent Vietnam.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/us-national-security-advisor-seeks-to-expand-cooperation-with-vietnam-4195190.html

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Three districts in Ho Chi Minh City can propose social distancing: official

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Authorities of District 6, Tan Binh District, and Binh Tan District in Ho Chi Minh City can seek permission to implement social distancing if necessary, Tu Luong, deputy director of the municipal department of Information and Communications, said at a meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee will approve social distancing in areas at high risk of infection, according to Luong.

The said three districts are where COVID-19 patients and their contacts have visited over the past days.

Besides, authorities of District 1, District 3, District 6, District 10, Phu Nhuan District, Binh Tan District, and Tan Phu District were requested to inspect the places patient 1,347, Vietnam’s first locally-transmitted COVID-19 patient after nearly three months, had visited and to seal them off when necessary. 

The city’s authorities emphasized the importance of criteria guiding the behaviors of organizational and individual economic constituents in the pandemic context, which was issued in May.

Agencies, organizations, and people must strictly follow the regulations of wearing face masks and using hand sanitizer in public places, especially at schools and hospitals.

The municipal People’s Committee requested that patient 1,342, a Vietnam Airlines flight attendant who spread the disease to his friend that later became patient 1,347, be strictly handled for violating the COVID-19 prevention and control regulations.

The city’s authorities also asked competent agencies to study regulations and appropriate punishments for people who spread dangerous infectious diseases to the community, Luong said.

The Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control has tested a total of 737 samples since Tuesday afternoon, of which 37 samples were from people in direct contact with patient 1,342, and 372 from those in close contact with patient 1,347.

All of those 737 samples returned negative for the novel coronavirus.

Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally stood at 1,351 as of 4:30 pm on Wednesday, with 1,195 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

The Southeast Asian country had gone 88 days without an infection in the community before patient 1,347 was announced on Monday.

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Vietnam confirms seven new imported Covid-19 cases

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Vietnam confirms seven new imported Covid-19 cases

A medical staff conducts novel coronavirus tests on human samples in the central province of Nghe An. Photo by VnExpress/Van Hai.


Vietnam confirmed seven new imported Covid-19 cases Wednesday, taking the national tally to 1,358.

“Patient 1,352” is a 10-month old girl who landed November 11 at the Cam Ranh International Airport in Khanh Hoa Province from Russia on Vietnam Airlines flight VN5062.

She is being treated at the Cam Ranh General Hospital. “Patient 1,353,” a 64-year old woman from Da Nang, “Patient 1,354”, a 54-year old man from the northern province of Ha Nam, and “Patient 1,355”, a 65-year old man from the northern province of Bac Ninh landed November 30 at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City from France on Vietnam Airlines flight VN10.

They are being treated at the Dong Nai Lung Hospital in the eponymous southern province.

“Patient 1,356” is a 17-year old girl from the central province of Thanh Hoa who arrived November 23 at the Da Nang International Airport from the U.S., transiting in South Korea.

The U.S. flight was KE094 of Korean Air and the South Korea flight was VN431 of Vietnam Airlines, with three Covid-19 cases having been confirmed on the latter. She is being treated at the Da Nang Lung Hospital.

“Patient 1,357” is a 23-year old woman from southern Tay Ninh Province who landed November 30 at the Can Tho International Airport from the Philippines on Vietjet flight VJ2527. She is being treated at the Can Tho TB and Lung Diseases Hospital.

“Patient 1,358” is a 25-year old Indian man who landed November 28 at the Noi Bai International Airport in the capital city from the United Arab Emirates on Emirates flight EK394. He is being treated at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi’s Dong Anh District.

The new cases take the national Covid-19 tally to 1,358, with 1,201 recoveries, six of whom were discharged Wednesday. The death toll stays at 35.

Vietnam this week has recorded several community transmissions after going 89 days without one. A resident of HCMC was confirmed infected Monday after contracting it from a flight attendant. The man then spread the virus to a nephew and one of his English students.

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Vietnam confirms seven new imported cases

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Vietnam confirms seven new imported cases

A medical staff conducts novel coronavirus tests on human samples in the central province of Nghe An. Photo by VnExpress/Van Hai.


Vietnam confirmed seven new imported Covid-19 cases Wednesday, taking the national tally to 1,358.

“Patient 1,352” is a 10-month old girl who landed November 11 at the Cam Ranh International Airport in Khanh Hoa Province from Russia on Vietnam Airlines flight VN5062.

She is being treated at the Cam Ranh General Hospital. “Patient 1,353,” a 64-year old woman from Da Nang, “Patient 1,354”, a 54-year old man from the northern province of Ha Nam, and “Patient 1,355”, a 65-year old man from the northern province of Bac Ninh landed November 30 at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City from France on Vietnam Airlines flight VN10.

They are being treated at the Dong Nai Lung Hospital in the eponymous southern province.

“Patient 1,356” is a 17-year old girl from the central province of Thanh Hoa who arrived November 23 at the Da Nang International Airport from the U.S., transiting in South Korea.

The U.S. flight was KE094 of Korean Air and the South Korea flight was VN431 of Vietnam Airlines, with three Covid-19 cases having been confirmed on the latter. She is being treated at the Da Nang Lung Hospital.

“Patient 1,357” is a 23-year old woman from southern Tay Ninh Province who landed November 30 at the Can Tho International Airport from the Philippines on Vietjet flight VJ2527. She is being treated at the Can Tho TB and Lung Diseases Hospital.

“Patient 1,358” is a 25-year old Indian man who landed November 28 at the Noi Bai International Airport in the capital city from the United Arab Emirates on Emirates flight EK394. He is being treated at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi’s Dong Anh District.

The new cases take the national Covid-19 tally to 1,358, with 1,201 recoveries, six of whom were discharged Wednesday. The death toll stays at 35.

Vietnam this week has recorded several community transmissions after going 89 days without one. A resident of HCMC was confirmed infected Monday after contracting it from a flight attendant. The man then spread the virus to a nephew and one of his English students.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnam-confirms-seven-new-imported-cases-4200514.html

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