HANOI, July 10 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said the United States and Vietnam are discussing their interests in deepening cultural, educational and economic ties.
Clinton made the remarks during a press briefing after she met with her Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh.
"Nearly 15,000 Vietnamese students study in United States each year. They contribute to Vietnam's continuing development. And we are hoping to deepen our ties by sending volunteers to Vietnam in the near future," she said, adding that U.S. and Vietnam are also working on expanding trade cooperation through Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
Clinton said during her talks with Pham Binh Minh, they are working on a lot of issues, including maritime security, public health, disaster relief, economic growth, as well as Agent Orange and unexploded ordnance issues.
The United States appreciates Vietnam's contribution to a collaborative diplomatic resolution of the disputes and the ease of tensions in the South China Sea, she said.
Hillary Clinton arrived in Vietnam's capital of Hanoi on Tuesday for a two-day visit aimed to further boost bilateral ties.
On the same day, Hillary Clinton is to pay a courtesy call to Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong.
Hillary is also to join U.S. businessmen in a meeting held by the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council in Hanoi, and attend the 20th anniversary of the Fulbright Scholarships at the Hanoi University of Foreign Trade.
The U.S. secretary of state left Washington on Thursday for an eight-nation tour, including France, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Egypt and Israel. She made an extra surprise visit to Afghanistan on Saturday morning, one day ahead of a key conference on the insurgency-hit country to be held in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday.