HANOI, Feb. 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Vietnam and the United
States restored their human rights dialogue here on Monday after more than three
years of suspension, a U.S. official said at a press briefing.
The two sides had productive discussion on religious freedom inVietnam, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for
Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Barry Lowenkron, said after working with
senior Vietnamese officials on the issue.
They also discussed other political rights of
citizens, including those on freedom in establishing non-governmental
organizations and using Internet, he said.
The resume of the human rights dialogue will
contribute to fostering the bilateral ties, he said, adding that the two
countries' relations have developed in various spheres, including anti-terrorism
The resume was based on the commitment on promoting
the bilateral ties to a new height made by Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van
Khai during his visit to the United States last year, Barry Lowenkron said,
adding that it also aimed to create some breakthroughs before the arrival of
U.S. President George Bush to Vietnam in November for the Asia-Pacific Economic
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