Vietnam's president in US for landmark visit

Vietnam’s President Nguyen Minh Triet was to continue on Tuesday his six-day visit to the United States, the first trip by a post-war head of state to the ex-battlefield enemy nation.

Vietnam's president in US for landmark visit
Vietnam’s President Nguyen Minh Triet was to continue on Tuesday his six-day visit to the United States, the first trip by a post-war head of state to the ex-battlefield enemy nation.

Triet, who arrived Monday, is scheduled to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday in an attempt to demonstrate economic reforms in Southeast Asia’s rapidly growing state.

He is also expected to attend business meetings and hold talks with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Accompanied by cabinet ministers and a business delegation, the president was greeted on arrival by senior American and Vietnamese officials at the John F. Kennedy International Airport, diplomats said.

He is scheduled to meet US President George W. Bush on Friday at the White House, where the two leaders will oversee the signing of an agreement that aims to pave the way for an eventual free trade pact.

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi will lead a bipartisan group of lawmakers for a meeting with Triet, with human rights expected to top the agenda, Congressional staffers said.

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