UPDATE: Mike Pompeo makes surprise visit to Vietnam
The Hanoitimes - Pompeo's Vietnam visit had not been included in an initial Asia tour announced earlier by the US Department of State.
US State Secretary Mike Pompeo will visit Vietnam on October 29-30 to “mark the celebration of the 25th anniversary of normalization of diplomatic relations.”
|US State Secretary Mike Pompeo and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi in 2019. Photo: Ngoc Thang|
The two-day visit will be made at the invitation of the Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on its website Wednesday.
No details of the visit have been disclosed so far.
In an earlier announcement by the US Department of State, Mike Pompeo is on his Asia tour from October 25 to October 30 to four countries namely India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia.
The Vietnam visit was not included in the announcement.
The tour is aimed to promote the US's free and open Indo-Pacific and reinforce the relations between Washington and each country.
Foreign media reported that Pompeo's visit to Vietnam is a surprise and the two sides have only three days to prepare for it.
Carl Thayer, emeritus professor of the University of New South Wales, Australia, said Secretary Pompeo has top three priorities in his Vietnam visit, (1) to discuss how Vietnam and the US can cooperate to advance a Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) and ASEAN’s Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (2) to promote cooperation in combatting the coronavirus related to vaccines and therapeutics and post-Covid recovery and (3) US participation in ASEAN’s end of year round of summits and high-level meetings which follow US elections on November 3.
Secretary Pompeo will be keen to determine what practical steps Vietnam will be willing to take to advance the FOIP. He might raise stepped up cooperation between the two coast guards to combat illegal Chinese fishing, funding for specific infrastructure projects, and possibly permitting US maritime reconnaissance aircraft, such as the P-8 Poseidon, to fly from Vietnam, added Mr. Thayer.
Mike Pompeo is the fourth foreign minister to visit Vietnam after the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in Vietnam this year after South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, and Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Szijjártó Péter.
- Vietnam leaders congratulate US elected president Joe Biden
- Vietnam, Laos resume flights
- SEA of Solutions: Internationally systematic approaches to marine pollution
- JICA helps Vietnam sustain natural resource management
- Vietnam targets mutual benefits in relations with China: PM
- How Vietnam weathers global health crisis and rises?
- Vietnam among most resilient economies in Covid-19
- JICA intensifies assistance to Vietnam in fight against Covid-19
- O’Brien visit to Vietnam, Philippines shows US commitment in South China Sea
- US, Vietnam share deep commitment to rules-based principles: O’Brien
Vietnam leaders congratulate US elected president Joe Biden
Vietnam starts new flight payment plan for returnees
Some Covid-19-related businesses in Ho Chi Minh City suspended
Vietnam wins at World Travel Awards 2020
Vietnam expects to massively produce own Covid-19 vaccine by mid-2022: Expert
Hanoi completes traffic infrastructure to develop satellite urban areas: Official
Close-up of first train of Hanoi’s second metro line put on rails
Apple partner Pegatron mulls US$1-billion investment in hi-tech projects in Vietnam
Hanoi’s weekend pedestrian streets allowed to reopen from September 18