Vietnam-US relations now and 25 years ago are “like night and day” and will continue to flourish in the future, according to the first Vietnamese Ambassador to the US, Le Van Bang. Delegates at the kick-off ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-US diplomatic relations (1995-2020). (Photo: VNA) In a recent interview with the Vietnam News Agency ahead of the 25th anniversary of bilateral ties, Bang, who served as Ambassador to the US from 1995 to 2000, said he witnessed countless difficulties during 20 years (1975-1995) of patient and tireless effort to normalise relations. In 1986, Vietnam began opening itself up to the world and needed the existing US embargo lifted as it took on international integration. US sanctions against Vietnam at that time were like a “boulder” blocking the latter’s path to the world. Thanks to the efforts of both countries, the US lifted its trade embargo on February 3, 1994, and then normalised bilateral relations in July 1995. These moves created opportunities for Vietnam to not only normalise ties with the US but also to connect with all countries around the world. They were also prerequisites for Vietnam obtaining other important diplomatic achievements, like joining… Read full this story
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