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US top diplomat for Asia-Pacific to visit Vietnam


08:18, December 14, 2019

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US President Donald Trump holds a bilateral meeting with President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte alongside the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines Nov 13, 2017. (Photo: VCG)

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell will travel to Vietnam next week, US State Department said in a statement on Friday.

During his stay in Hanoi from Monday to Wednesday, Stilwell will inaugurate celebrations for the 25th anniversary of US-Vietnam diplomatic relations, according to the statement.

Stilwell will also discuss shared priorities ahead of Vietnam's 2020 ASEAN Chairmanship and its 2020-2021 UN Security Council non-permanent membership term, the statement added.

Former US President Bill Clinton lifted the trade embargo on Vietnam in 1994, and Washington and Hanoi normalized bilateral relations the year after.

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