Meeting with Congressman Ted Yoho, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, on November 11 in Washington DC, Mai reiterated Vietnam’s unwavering policy of respecting friendship and comprehensive cooperation with the US on the basis of bilateral ties’ framework. Mr. Yoho affirmed the US’ readiness to step up cooperation and work with Vietnam in removing obstacles in bilateral ties, adding that the US continues respecting Vietnam’s position and role in ASEAN, and regarding Vietnam as an important partner in the region. During her meetings with high-ranking US officials, both sides laid stress on continued delegation exchanges, people-to-people diplomacy, and prioritized measures to overcome war consequences, and closer coordination at multilateral forums. Vietnam called on the US to soon recognize Vietnam as a market economy. The two sides underlined the need to settle East Sea disputes by peaceful means, on the basis of respect for international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to ensure peace and freedom of navigation and aviation in the region.