On June 24th, 2008, President Bush and the Vietnamese Prime Minister met at the White House for the fourth bilateral exchange in four years. Both leaders stated their commitment to a strong relationship moving forward and constructive cooperation on a range of issues, including adoption. The release reads, in part:
“The President expressed his commitment to continue the development of intercountry adoption cooperation between the United States and Vietnam that ensures the best interests of the child, respects his or her fundamental rights, and prevents the abduction and trafficking of children. The Prime Minister underscored that Vietnam shares the goals and stressed that Vietnam will speed up preparations for an early accession to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions. The Prime Minister also welcomes U.S. technical assistance in facilitating this step.”
Joint Council applauds this shared commitment by the leaders of both the United States and Vietnam to continue inter-country adoptions. We hope that this positive step forward will create a renewed dialogue between both countries and will increase existing efforts towards the negotiation of a new MOU.