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Kerry hails Vietnam relations ahead of US, Asia security talks

Published on Aug 9, 2014 4:29 PM
 
US Secretary of State John Kerry (right) meets with Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh at the Lake Garden hotel outside the venue of the 47th Asean Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Naypyidaw on Aug 9, 2014. Mr Kerry kicked off a South-east Asian diplomatic charm offensive on Saturday, praising work to bring Washington's relationship with Vietnam to its "full blossom". -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NAYPYIDAW (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry kicked off a South-east Asian diplomatic charm offensive on Saturday, praising work to bring Washington's relationship with Vietnam to its "full blossom".

Kerry met his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh in the Myanmar capital Naypyidaw, in his first of a series of discussions with Asian nations as the US looks to reinvigorate alliances in the Asia-Pacific region.

The top US diplomat, who fought in the Vietnam War, hailed "progress" in the "partnership" between the two nations in comments ahead of the meeting.

He added that more contentious issues such as communist Vietnam's rights record would continue to be discussed as part of efforts "to really bring this relationship to its full blossom".

 
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