Update: 17:38 | 19/11/2020
U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien left Thursday for Vietnam and the Philippines to discuss regional security cooperation, the White House National Security Council said.
He would meet leaders in both countries "to reaffirm the strength of our bilateral relationships," it tweeted on Thursday.
Reuters quoted an unnamed American official as saying O'Brien would be in Vietnam from Friday to Sunday for high-level meetings. Two weeks ago U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Hanoi where he affirmed his nation’s continued support for a strong, prosperous and independent Vietnam.
National security adviser Robert O'Brien speaks to the media outside the White House in Washington, U.S., November 17, 2020.
O'Brien participated in last week’s virtual ASEAN - U.S. Summit organized by Vietnam, highly appreciating Vietnam's role as the chair of ASEAN this year, particularly in coordinating regional efforts at a time full of difficulties and challenges such as the Covid-19 outbreak.
Vietnam and the U.S. have been marking the 25th anniversary of the normalization of ties in 1995, 20 years after the end of the Vietnam War.
They are comprehensive partners today, with bilateral trade increasing from $450 million in 1994 to $77 billion last year.