Obama to arrive in Vietnam on May 23 as schedule changes

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US President Barack Obama. Photo credit: Reuters US President Barack Obama. Photo credit: Reuters


US President Barack Obama will arrive in Hanoi on May 23 and leave for Japan on the afternoon of May 25, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Monday.
He was originally scheduled to arrive in the Vietnamese capital city on May 22 for his first official visit to the country.
Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted a source from Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as saying that the US president will have an official working day in Hanoi on May 23 and fly to Ho Chi Minh City on the afternoon of May 24.
US Secretary of State John Kerry will accompany him, the newspaper said. 
According to the White House, Obama will hold official meetings with Vietnam's leadership to discuss ways for the US-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership to advance cooperation across a wide range of areas, including economic, security and human rights.
During meetings and events in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, he will discuss the importance of approving the Trans-Pacific Partnership this year.
Obama is set to meet with members of civil society, the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative, entrepreneurs and the business community, the White House said.
The Vietnam visit will be followed by a stop in Japan, where he will attend his final G7 Summit.

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