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Remarks at a Meeting With Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
October 10, 2013


Date: 10/10/2013 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung pose for photographers before a bilateral meeting at the margins of the ASEAN Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, on October 10, 2013. - State Dept ImageWell, Mr. Prime Minister, it’s wonderful to be able to visit with you again. Thank you. Please express my gratitude. It’s good to be able to visit with the Prime Minister again and with the Foreign Minister.

The U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership that we signed in July reflects the growing strength of the relationship between Vietnam and the United States. A few minutes ago, Foreign Minister Minh and I were in this room, and we signed – initialing the 123 Agreement between our countries. This agreement will create numerous opportunities for our businesses between our two countries. And obviously our nuclear cooperation is quite significant. Vietnam has the second-largest market, after China, for nuclear power in East Asia, and our companies can now compete. What is a $10 billion market today is expected to grow into a $50 billion market by the year 2030.

And there are many other ways that our countries are cooperating, obviously. We look forward to continuing to strengthen. I look forward to visiting Vietnam somewhere in the next few months. So thank you very much. It’s good to be here.

PRN: 2013/T15-14


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