US Vice President due to visit Vietnam next month

VOV.VN - US Vice President Kamala Harris is set to visit Vietnam and Singapore in August as Washington seeks to boost ties with the two key Asia-Pacific partners, the White House said on July 30.

The trip will mark the first time a US vice president visits Vietnam. She is scheduled to meet with leaders to discuss issues ranging from regional security, climate change to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as joint efforts to promote a rules-based international order.

Harris heads to the Southeast Asian nations "to strengthen relationships and expand economic cooperation with two critical Indo-Pacific partners of the United States," senior advisor Symone Sanders said in a statement.

Sanders said Washington has a “top priority to rebuild our global partnerships and keep our nation secure, and this upcoming visit continues that work – deepening our engagement in Southeast Asia.”

This will mark Harris' second overseas trip as vice president. The first, to Guatemala and Mexico, focused on dealing with illegal immigration at the US's southern border.

During her visit, she laid stress on a host of issues relating to economic development, food insecurity and women.

Harris’s trip follows Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin's Southeast Asia tour concluding on July 30.

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