Vietnamese diplomat sacked for fleeing to US on official trip

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The office of Can Tho's Foreign Affairs Department, which recently fired Tran Ngoc Phi Long for fleeing to the US during an official trip to Canada in July 2014. Photo credit: Dan Tri The office of Can Tho's Foreign Affairs Department, which recently fired Tran Ngoc Phi Long for fleeing to the US during an official trip to Canada in July 2014. Photo credit: Dan Tri

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A diplomat from Can Tho who attempted to resign after fleeing to the US during an official trip to Canada was fired by the city government.
The municipal authorities issued a statement on September 15 announcing that Tran Ngoc Phi Long has been dismissed from his post as deputy head of the international relations office at the city’s Foreign Affairs Department, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
Long was criticized for being undisciplined and disorganized and separating himself from a delegation visiting Canada in early July and entering the US.
Pham The Vinh, the director of his department, nominated Long for the trip when the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations asked for a Can Tho representative.
Vinh told Tuoi Tre on Monday that he had sent a summons to Long’s home in Can Tho three times before his perfunctory dismissal.
Long was among 150 select officials that Can Tho once sent overseas to earn master’s degrees.
Tuoi Tre said his education cost the city around VND300 million (US$14,100).
Can Tho officials have not determined the purpose of Long’s stay in the US yet.
In his official resignation Long alleged that his health and family situation had required him to quit.

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