HANOI, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) — Visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that he believed the incoming U.S. administration will continue to enhance ties with the Asia-Pacific.

     Kerry made the remark at talks with Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son in Vietnam's capital Hanoi, reported the state-run news agency VNA.

     The top U.S. diplomat said his country will support Vietnam in successfully hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings this year.

     The United States is also willing to support Vietnam in response to climate change, especially in clean energy development, he said.

     Authorized by Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh at the talks, Son urged Washington to recognize the market economy status for Hanoi and continue to prioritize cooperation in overcoming war consequences among others.

     Kerry is visiting Vietnam from Thursday to Saturday.