US President Barack Obama has welcomed Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang to the White House for their first bilateral meeting.
The two leaders discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement involving the United States, Vietnam and 10 other nations. Obama said he and Truong Tan Sang are committed to completing the regional trade pact before the end of the year. He said it would create jobs and increase investments in the Asia-Pacific region, including in both countries.
The two presidents also discussed maritime issues in the South China Sea and other parts of the Asia-Pacific region. Obama said he appreciated Vietnam’s commitment to working with ASEAN and the East Asia Summit to establish a code of conduct to help find peaceful and fair resolutions to surrounding issues.
Obama’s meeting with Sang is his fourth with ASEAN leaders this year. He has also hosted leaders from Brunei, Singapore and Myanmar.