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Vietnamese premier, US president have working lunch in Hanoi

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 16:10 GMT+7
Vietnamese premier, US president have working lunch in Hanoi
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, U.S. President Donald Trump, and high-ranking officials share a working lunch in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. Photo: Vietnam Government Portal

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc received U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi on Wednesday afternoon, before they enjoyed a working lunch together with their personnel.

The reception took place at the Government Office in the Vietnamese capital at 11:50 am, as part of President Trump’s trip to Hanoi for the second U.S.-North Korea Summit.

The U.S. leader had joined talks with General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong at the Presidential Palace earlier the same day.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc welcomes President Donald Trump at the Government Office. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc welcomes President Donald Trump at the Government Office. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre

PM Phuc and President Trump had a working lunch with five courses featuring Vietnam’s traditional dishes, according to CNN.

Some of the dishes included deep fried Hanoi-style spring rolls with shrimp, pork, vermicelli and vegetables, grilled cod fish, or cha ca, and steamed sticky glutinous rice with shrimp wrapped in a lotus leaf.

Their dessert consisted of lotus seeds, longans, and white wood-ear mushrooms served warm and in a light sugary syrup.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc welcomes President Donald Trump at the Government Office. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc welcomes President Donald Trump at the Government Office. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre

After the meal, the U.S. president returned to his hotel in Hanoi and is expected to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at around 5:55 pm on the same day.

The high-profile leaders will meet at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi and have a 20-minute one-on-one conversation before a dinner scheduled to last just over an hour and a half, according to the White House.

The two leaders wave national flags along with a group of Vietnamese children. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
The two leaders wave national flags along with a group of Vietnamese childrenPhoto: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc shakes hands with President Donald Trump. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) shakes hands with President Donald Trump. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

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