Vietnam and the United States have enhanced bilateral relations ranging from investment, trade to security and environmental issues after a three-day visit paid by President Barack Obama
to the Southeast Asian country.
The Air Force One carrying President Barack Obama left Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday afternoon, closing a three-day Vietnam visit full of activities that have won the heart of millions of Vietnamese.
On the first day of the tour (May 23), he was offered a welcome ceremony by Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang. After the official talk, the two presidents witnessed the signing of an $11.3 billion airplane purchase deal between VietJet Air and Boeing.
President Barack Obama (L) and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang shake hands at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, on May 23, 2016. (Photo: AP)
During the press conference after the meeting, President Obama announced the full lift of the decades-long ban of the same of military equipment to Vietnam. The removal of the ban was part of a deeper defense cooperation with the country and dismissed suggestions it was aimed at countering China's growing strength in the region, he said.
On the same day, he met with National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan
, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc
and General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong.
On the second day, he delivered remarks at the National Convention Center in Hanoi where he thanked Vietnamese people for the warm welcome and the hospitality.
“On this visit, my heart has been touched by the kindness for which the Vietnamese people are known. In the many people who have been lining the streets, smiling and waving, I feel the friendship between our peoples,” he said.
Obama said he was touched by the kindness for which the Vietnamese people are known. (Photo: VnExpress)
After touching down in Ho Chi Minh City on May 24, he visited the century-old Jade Emperor Pagoda and had a meeting with young entrepreneurs.
Obama pays his respect during his visit to the Jade Emperor Pagoda in HCM City on May 24. (Photo: CNN)
On the last day in Vietnam, he spoke with young Vietnamese leaders who were inspired by his life stories and encouragement.
Obama speaks during a meeting with young leaders in HCM City on May 25. (Photo: VnEspress)