Obama lifts US arms embargo on Vietnam


Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang (R) and US President Barack Obama (L) speak during a press conference at the International Convention Center in Hanoi, Vietnam, 23 May 2016. US President Barack Obama visits Vietnam for the first time from 23 to 25 May 2016, making him the third US President to visit the South East Asian country since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.

During the first day of his visit, US President Barack Obama announced that the US may sell arms to Vietnam under a case by case basis

US President Barack Obama announced the lift of the US arms embargo on Vietnam, firstly introduced in 1984.

On Monday, Obama made his first visit to the communist country and in a joint press conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang he announced the complete end of the arms ban.

“The United States is fully lifting the ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam that is being in place for some fifteen years,” Obama said. “As with all our defence partners, sales need to still...

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