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This month marked the first time Mr. John Kerry has visited Vietnam in his new role as the U.S Secretary of State. During his visit from the 14th to the 17th of December, Mr. Kerry strongly affirmed the importance of cooperation between the U.S. and Vietnam in conserving the environment and protecting wildlife.
“Nowhere is our cooperation more important than on the environment. Today, in the face of rapid economic growth, wildlife trafficking and climate change, the Mekong region faces enormous challenges. We must protect and preserve this fragile ecosystem — not simply for our own sake, but for the world that our children and grandchildren will inherit. I know we can meet this challenge head on.”
This is a very encouraging sign of strong support from the U.S. for Vietnam in the combat of transnational wildlife crimes and protection of Vietnam’s precious biodiversity.