The US will increase cooperation with Vietnam to address issues relating to global health security and illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.
The US has pledged to help Vietnam control air quality in urban areas. (Photo: zingnews.vn)
It will also boost cooperation with Vietnam in combating wildlife trafficking, air quality, science and technology, environmental protection in the South China Sea (known as the East Sea in Vietnam), and transboundary riverine governance of the Mekong River.
The agreement was reached during a meeting held virtually on October 5 between Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Jonathan Moore and Assistant Foreign Minister Nguyen Van Thao of Vietnam. U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink also took part in the meeting.
A statement from the US Department of State says the US side acknowledges Vietnam’s efforts to elevate the Mekong sub-region within ASEAN and agrees that a prosperous and healthy Mekong region is fundamental to ASEAN’s overall prosperity.
The US commends Vietnam on its openness to increasing data sharing regarding a variety of environmental issues and will continue to support Vietnam’s efforts on improving air quality, water management, and marine debris by sharing satellite and remote sensing data.