President Sang’s visit bolsters US ties
President Barack Obama welcomed Vieät Nam's President Tröông Taán Sang to the White House on July 25, 2013.During their meeting, the two presidents stated their commitment to entering a new phase of bilateral relations, based on mutual respect and a common interest. President Sang's visit comes at an important time for both nations, reflecting a shared desire to build a forward-looking relationship between the two countries. To ensure this, President Obama and President Sang decided to form a US-Vieät Nam Comprehensive Partnership to provide an overarching framework to take the relationship forward. They underlined the principles of the US-Vieät Nam Comprehensive Partnership, including respect for the United Nations Charter, international law, each others political systems, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. They stated that their Comprehensive Partnership is intended to contribute to peace, stability, cooperation and prosperity in every country in the region and around the world. The new Comprehensive Partnership will create mechanisms for cooperation in areas such as political and diplomatic relations and trade and economic ties. It will also cover science and technology, education and training, the environment and health, war legacy issues, defence and security, the protection and promotion of human rights and culture, sports and tourism.