Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris has commenced her official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Vietnamese Vice State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan.
The U.S. official arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on Tuesday evening following a three-hour delay.
Vice President Harris had wrapped up a trip to Singapore prior to her arrival.
This is the first official visit to Vietnam paid by a sitting U.S. vice president. The Southeast Asian country previously welcomed U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin last month.
Vice President Harris is scheduled to meet with Vietnamese leaders on Wednesday.
|Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris arrives at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, August 24, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre|
Along with a delegation of U.S. officials, she will join the Vietnamese government during the inauguration of the Southeast Asia regional office of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Hanoi.
Harris will also attend a virtual meeting with officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Papua New Guinea to discuss COVID-19 response measures and ways to strengthen global health security.
The U.S. has so far shared more than 23 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine with Southeast Asia.
Her official visit to Vietnam will conclude on Thursday.
|The plane carrying U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris is pictured at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, August 24, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre|