Former US President candidate talks peace in Hanoi

Wish for a peaceful world and a developed US during President Obama’s second term was the main content of a talk between the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Administration and former US President candidate Michael Dukakis in Hanoi on April 9.

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Prof. Michael Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts State and Chairman of the Boston Global Forum, expressed his desire to live in a world without wars.

He wondered about the US ’ military engagement policy in 150 countries, with over 830 military bases across the globe. He also emphasised the need to end the money-consuming global network war, which many countries are pursuing.

According to the US professor, building a world without nuclear weapons where everybody lives in peace and prosperity is the policy of President Obama as well as of the Vietnamese Government and other countries in the world.

He said he supports the peaceful settlement of all international disputes, suggesting an expansion of the United Nations Security Council’s members to 21.

Michael Dukakis expressed his belief that the US economy, especially the real estate market, will recover in the next four years under President Obama’s leadership.

During the first term of office, President Obama brought the US economy out of a recession and implemented an all-people health insurance policy for local residents, he added.
He highly valued the fine development of Vietnam-US relations over the past years, saying Vietnam is the best example of conciliation that countries engaged in war should follow.

Michael Dukakis is world-renowned as the former Massachusetts Governor, who served for three terms starting in 1975, 1982 and 1986. As a close friend of Vietnam , he took part in many demonstrations against the US war in Vietnam.-VNA.

Hanoi, April 10, 2013.

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