Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi. Secretary Pompeo thanked the Deputy Prime Minister for Vietnam’s partnership in hosting the President’s February 27-28 summit with DPRK Chairman Kim Jong Un.
The Secretary and the Deputy Prime Minister discussed a wide range of bilateral and regional issues. They affirmed the strength of the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership and our joint efforts to promote peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.
FOREIGN MINISTER MINH: (Via interpreter) State Secretary Mike Pompeo, it’s a great pleasure to meet with you again in Vietnam and welcome back. And I still remember last time I met you, I was back from (inaudible) and this time, it is the same. (Laughter.)
And once again, I want to say that it’s a great pleasure to meet with you here in Vietnam and congratulations on the second U.S.-D.P.R.K. summit in Hanoi.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. It is great to be back. It is very good to see you again. I want to thank you and your whole team and the Vietnamese people for hosting this summit as well. You’ve done remarkable work. It’s a demonstration, I think, of the relationship between our two countries, and I look forward to our conversation today and then the meetings between our leaders tomorrow as well. Thank you.