Time: 8:58 a.m. CEST Update: 10:53 a.m. CEST
President Barack Obama announced during a news conference in Hanoi, Vietnam the United States will lift the embargo on lethal weapons sales. “The United States is fully lifting the ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam that has been in place for some 50 years,” Obama stated. The lifting of the embargo involves the weighing on Vietnam record on human rights.
Obama said that, as with all our partners, we would still need to meet strict requirements, including those with human rights. But, the President said, Vietnam has a right to equip them selves to defend it self and revokes the lingering vestige of the Cold War. Obama said, this underscores commitment of the U.S. to the full normalization of relations with Vietnam.
Another topic, Obama discussed with the President of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang and announced at the joint news conference in Hanoi was the issue on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Obama said, “we agreed to ratify the agreement on TPP as soon as possible.” That would support economic reforms in Vietnam and would “further integrate Vietnam in the global economy.”
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 leave to Japan, where he would attend the G7 Summit.