U.S. diplomat to visit Vietnam next week

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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel. Photo: Reuters U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel. Photo: Reuters

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Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel will travel to Hanoi on May 9-10 during a trip to three Southeast Asian nations, according to the U.S. Department of State.
He will meet with senior Vietnamese officials to discuss U.S.-Vietnam bilateral relations, the South China Sea, and ASEAN issues, a DoS media note said.
Russel's seven-day trip will begin today with the first stop being Laos, where he is expected to take part in the U.S.-Lao Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue, as well as the Lower Mekong Initiative, Friends of the Lower Mekong, East Asia Summit, and ASEAN Regional Forum.
He will leave Laos for Vietnam on May 9.
He will travel to Malaysia, the last leg of his trip, on May 11, to attend the 29th ASEAN-U.S. Dialogue.
He will also meet with senior Malaysian officials to discuss bilateral issues including security cooperation and TPP implementation, according to the media note.

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