Ho Chi Minh City to close downtown roads for Obama's visit

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Residents in Ho Chi Minh City with US and Vietnam flags wait to welcome US President Barack Obama on May 24, 2016. Photo: Dao Ngoc Thach/Thanh Nien Residents in Ho Chi Minh City with US and Vietnam flags wait to welcome US President Barack Obama on May 24, 2016. Photo: Dao Ngoc Thach/Thanh Nien

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Ho Chi Minh City will either ban or limit traffic on certain streets this Tuesday and Wednesday to ensure smooth travel for the delegation of US President Barack Obama.
The city will close Nguyen Van Troi and Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, which connect Tan Son Nhat International Aiport to the city downtown, between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday for Obama's arrival from Hanoi, and between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. the next day, when he is scheduled to leave for Japan.
Between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, and 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, trucks, taxis and intercity bus services, will be banned from Truong Son, Tran Quoc Hoan and Nguyen Van Troi near the airport and many roads in the downtown area – Dien Bien Phu, Dinh Tien Hoang, Vo Thi Sau, Hai Ba Trung, Nguyen Du, Le Duan, Nguyen Binh Khiem, Ton Duc Thang, Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Nguyen Trung Truc, Chu Manh Trinh, Mai Thi Luu, Nguyen Van Giai and Nguyen Huy Tu.
Personal cars and motorbikes will be restricted. The city's public buses will not be affected. 
Obama arrived in Hanoi on the night of May 22 for his first official visit to Vietnam, with scheduled meetings on advancing bilateral cooperation. 
He announced full lifting of a decades-old arms embargo on Vietnam during a press conference with President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi Monday.
He is expected to meet young entrepreneurs at Dreamplex Co-working Space in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning the US President will host a town hall meeting with members of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, also in HCMC's District 1. 
The Vietnam visit will be followed by a stop in Japan, where Obama will attend his final G7 Summit.

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