Vietnam president to visit US, ties expected to get boost

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President Truong Tan Sang will be in the US from July 24 to 26 for a visit described by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as of great significance in making bilateral ties broader and deeper.

He would hold talks with American President Barack Obama on major directions for bilateral ties, especially economic, trade, investment, science and technology, and education and training, MOFA spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi said at a media briefing Thursday.

Nghi said the two sides would discuss international and regional issues of mutual concern, and that Sang would meet representatives of the US government, Congress, and a number of international organizations, US scholars and businesspeople as well as the Vietnamese community there.

Since Vietnam and the US normalized relations in 1995, their ties have been developing positively.

They have agreed on establishing a relationship of active partnership and friendship, multifaceted cooperation, mutual respect and benefit.

The visit would be significant in continuing the promotion of bilateral ties, he said.

A statement released July 11 on the White House website said Obama would host Sang at the White House on July 25. 

"The President welcomes this opportunity to discuss with President Sang how to further strengthen our partnership on regional strategic issues and enhance our cooperation with ASEAN.

"The President also looks forward to discussing human rights, emerging challenges such as climate change, and the importance of completing a high standard Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement."

This visit would be only the second by a Vietnamese head of state to Washington since 1995, after Nguyen Minh Triet's visit in 2007.

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