US State Secretary Mike Pompeo will visit Vietnam on October 29-30 to “mark the celebration of the 25th anniversary of normalization of diplomatic relations.”
The two-day visit will be made at the invitation of the Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on its website Wednesday.
No details of the visit have been disclosed so far.
In an earlier announcement by the US Department of State, Mike Pompeo is on his Asia tour from October 25 to October 30 to four countries namely India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia.
The Vietnam visit was not included in the announcement.
The tour is aimed to promote the US’s free and open Indo-Pacific and reinforce the relations between Washington and each country.
Foreign media reported that Pompeo’s visit to Vietnam is a surprise and the two sides have only three days to prepare for it.
Mike Pompeo is the fourth foreign minister to visit Vietnam after the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in Vietnam this year after South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, and Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Szijjártó Péter.
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