White House says Obama to visit Vietnam in May

White House says US President Barack Obama accepts invitation from Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to visit country during his trip to Asia in May

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

US President Barack Obama (C) walks with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (2nd L) as he arrives for the US-ASEAN meeting at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 21, 2015.

US President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam in May during his trip to Asia, a White House official said on Monday.

Obama accepted the invitation by the Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung during a meeting at the summit of Southeast Asian nations in California.

"The president and Prime Minister Dung discussed the continued strengthening of US-Vietnam relations in 2015, which marked the 20th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations," the official said.

"The leaders noted the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, maritime security, and human rights to advancing bilateral relations," he added. 

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