Sunday, February 07, 2010, 18:33 GMT+7

Hillary Clinton to Visit Vietnam This Summer: Ambassador

“Vietnam and the U.S. will mark the 15th anniversary of normalizing relations in 2010 and I’m optimistic in the White House leader’s trip,” Ambassador Michalak told reporters.

State Secretary Hillary Clinton is scheduled to pay an official visit to Vietnam this summer, the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Michael Michalak told a press briefing on February 3.  

The two sides are also striving to lobby for a trip to Hanoi by President Barack Obama this year, Michael Michalak noted.
The diplomat noted Vietnam and the U.S. shared common benefits in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Washington expects Vietnam to raise its leadership role as well as responsibility in global regional issues especially as the country assuming the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)’s Presidency this year,” Michalak noted.
He added the U.S. government is mulling over more aid for Vietnam to develop infrastructures and the economy.
Last year, the U.S. was ranked the first among investors in Vietnam with $9.8 billion pledged.     
The two sides are to boost negotiations to sign the agreement on investment soon and to help Vietnam join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.
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