President Obama Departs on Week-long Official Visit to Asia


Time: 10:41 p.m. CEST

President Barack Obama departed on Saturday afternoon for Hanoi, Vietnam where he would arrive on Monday. As the White House announced on Friday, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with President Tran Dai Quang. President Obama will spend three days in Vietnam, where he would meet the Chairwoman of the National Assembly. On Monday, the President will have a news conference, after which he would have a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Vietnam.

On Monday evening Obama will meet the General Secretary of the Community Party of Vietnam. On Tuesday, the President will meet with civil society, then he will deliver remarks on the U.S.- Vietnam relations and will visit Ho Chi Minh City. On Wednesday, the President will have town hall with young people and later he would depart to Japan, where he would attend the G7 Summit. On Friday, as the White House announced, Obama will attend G7 meetings, before he would depart to Hiroshima to deliver remarks and participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.

The President is not going to revisit the decision to bomb Hiroshima.  As the White House principal deputy press secretary Erick Schultz said on Friday, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will accompanied Obama. He would, as Schultz said, “Recognize the human toll of war,” and would reaffirm, the United State’s commitment to working towards “a world with no nuclear weapons.”

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