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WTO membership bid supported by US

After attending the trade ministers meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) in Pucon, Chile on June 4-5, Vietnamese trade minister Truong Dinh Tuyen officially paid a working visit to the United States from June 7-10.

The US government has affirmed its support for Vietnam's bid to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO), saying that it will send a delegation to Vietnam for continued negotiations. US officials made the statement while receiving Tuyen in Washington during his visit to the US.

Tuyen had a series of working sessions with US Commerce Secretary Donald Evans, trade representative Robert Zoellick, Assistant Secretary of State Anthony Wayne, Senate Commerce Committee chairperson John McCain, House Republican Conference chairperson Deborah Pryce, the Vietnam-US Friendship Parliamentarians' Group and senior officials from the Presidential Office and Finance Department. 

Tuyen exchanged views with US officials on ways to boost the two countries' economic and trade relations, and to clear hurdles to the implementation of the Bilateral Trade Agreement. Tuyen informed them of the new moves Vietnam has made in the eighth round of talks for its WTO bid and proposed that the US side speed up the negotiation.

While Tuyen is in the US, he also met with entrepreneurs from the US-Vietnam Trade Council and the US-Asean Business Council.