Vietnam is preparing for the first visit of US President Barack Obama to the country in May, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Le Hai Binh told a press conference in Hanoi on Thursday afternoon.
“Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has said that this visit will contribute to enhancing the cooperation for peace and development in line with the Vietnam-US Comprehensive Partnership and raise the relations between the two countries to a new level,” Binh said.
The exact date of the visit has not been confirmed. But it will be part of Obama's trip to the region and he is set to attend the Group of Seven (G7) summit, scheduled to take place on May 26-27, in Japan.
Obama will become the third US president to visit the Southeast Asian nation in the post-Vietnam war era, after Bill Clinton in 2000 and George W. Bush in 2006.
Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made a historic trip to the US last July, marking the first time a Vietnamese Party chief has visited the US.
The two countries celebrated the 20th anniversary of their normalized relations last year.