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U.S. State Secretary Blinken set to visit Vietnam this week

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Vietnam at the invitation of Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son from April 14 to 16.

The Vietnam visit is expected to promote bilateral relations as the two countries are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Vietnam-U.S. Comprehensive Partnership. This will be the first visit by Blinken to Vietnam in his capacity as U.S. Secretary of State.

He will have meetings with senior Vietnamese officials to discuss a shared vision of “a connected, prosperous, peaceful, and resilient Indo-Pacific region”, the U.S. Department of State said in a statement.

In late March, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong had a phone conversation with U.S. President Joe Biden.

The two leaders praised Vietnam-U.S. relations and sought to bolster the partnership for peace, cooperation and development.

On July 25, 2013, Vietnam and the U.S. agreed to upgade bilateral relations to a “Comprehensive Partnership”.

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