Vietnam's National Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 31, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the Vietnamese people on the occasion of Vietnam’s National Day this September 2.

I was honored to visit Vietnam twice in 2010 and to see the dynamic spirit and optimism of the Vietnamese people firsthand. Over the last year our countries have continued to collaborate, working to broaden our cooperation and build a strategic partnership between Vietnam and the United States. Today, we work together on a growing array of important issues, from enhancing our dialogue on human rights and responding to HIV/AIDS to protecting the environment, bolstering trade and improving our shared security.

Our relationship is based on mutual respect and our common commitment to increasing the stability and prosperity of the Asia Pacific region. The United States will continue to be Vietnam’s friend and partner as we create a new future of regional and global cooperation to seize the opportunities and address the challenges before us.

On this festive occasion, I wish all Vietnamese people peace and prosperity in the coming year.

PRN: 2011/1392