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Obama to arrive in Vietnam for official visit one day later than planned

Monday, May 16, 2016, 14:53 GMT+7

United States President Barrack Obama is expected to arrive in Vietnam for an official visit on the morning of May 23, instead of the night before as earlier announced, the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry has said.

According to the new schedule, the U.S. president will still leave Vietnam on the afternoon of May 25, the ministry confirmed to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Monday.

President Obama is scheduled to arrive on his Air Force One at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on May 23, and he is slated to visit Ho Chi Minh City the following day, and leave for Japan on the last day of the visit.

Secretary of State John Kerry will escort the president on this trip, whereas First Lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters do not have any plan to visit Vietnam, according to Lisa Wishman, press officer with the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.

Wishman added that the itinerary of the visit is still under discussion and the official schedule has yet to be reached.

According to the White House, President Obama’s visit to Vietnam is aimed at addressing various important matters, including maritime disputes and human rights.

The president is expected to hold official meetings with Vietnamese government leaders to discuss ways to boost the comprehensive partnership ties between Vietnam and the U.S. in the fields of economic affairs, people exchange, security, and human rights, as well as other regional and global issues.

During meetings in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, President Obama will discuss the importance of ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement in 2016.

The U.S. president will also meet with members of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and local enterprises, as well as the business community.

After ending the Vietnam visit, President Obama will come to Japan to attend the 2016 G7 Summit on May 26 and 27.

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