US security adviser O’Brien to visit Vietnam this week

18-Nov-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 12:47 PM Print This Post

US national security adviser Robert O’Brien will visit Vietnam this week, an American official and a Vietnamese source said on Tuesday.

O’Brien will be in the Southeast Asian country from Friday to Sunday for high-level meetings, said the US official, who did not want to be identified. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation.

The planned trip will follow a visit to Hanoi last month by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo’s visit came a week after Vietnam freed a Vietnamese-born US citizen, Michael Nguyen, who had been sentenced to 12 years in prison for “attempting to overthrow the state.” [nL1N2HL1BR]

Vietnam and the United States have been marking the 25th anniversary of the normalising of diplomatic ties. The former Vietnam War foes now have warm relations in spite of US concerns about Hanoi’s human right’s practices, and share worries about China’s increasingly assertive behavior in Asia.

U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien looks on during a statement to the media at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, October 20, 2020. (REUTERS/Adriano Machado)

U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien looks on during a statement to the media at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, October 20, 2020. (REUTERS/Adriano Machado)

O’Brien said during a summit meeting with Southeast Asian countries last weekend that he would visit Vietnam soon.

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