Obama Drops Arms Embargo on Vietnam

 

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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – President Barack Obama has removed a half-century old ban on selling arms to Vietnam.

Obama, who’s on a three-day visit to the country, says, “both sides have established a level of trust and cooperation, including between our militaries, that is reflective of common interests and mutual respect.”   Obama steered clear of harsh condemnation of what critics see as Vietnam’s abysmal treatment of dissidents.

At a state luncheon in honor of the visiting President Barack Obama, Vietnam’s president spoke of the long effort to “overcome profound grievances” from the war years.   The U.S. also welcomed the Vietnamese government’s approval of the Peace Corps to teach English in Vietnam.

This is President Obama’s first visit to the communist country. Obama is focusing on U.S. policy in Asia as he prepares to leave office.  Obama will attend a summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations later in the week in Japan. The leaders will be addressing an uncertain global economy.

 

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