President Obama to visit Vietnam in May

US President Barack Obama welcoming Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at Sunnylands, California, on Feb 15.
US President Barack Obama welcoming Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at Sunnylands, California, on Feb 15. PHOTO: REUTERS

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (REUTERS) - US President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam in May during a trip to Asia, a White House official said on Monday (Feb 15).

Mr Obama accepted the invitation by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung during a meeting at a summit of South-east Asian nations in California.

"The president and Prime Minister Dung discussed the continued strengthening of US-Vietnam relations in 2015, which marked the 20th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations," the official said.

"The leaders noted the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, maritime security, and human rights to advancing bilateral relations," he said.