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Daily Press Briefing on July 7 about Nguyen Phu Trong having lunch with Joe Biden

ByadminDC

Jul 14, 2015

SOURCE: U.S. State Department


John Kirby
Spokesperson

Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
July 7, 2015


QUESTION: John, can we change the subject to Vietnam? The head of the Communist Party is here. Vice President Biden had a lunch with him. Do you know if the – if he raised the issue of the arms embargo, that they (inaudible) fully lifted, during discussions yet?

MR KIRBY: I’d refer you to the Vice President’s office for a readout. I don’t have a readout of the private discussion that was had.

QUESTION: So there —

MR KIRBY: I was at the lunch prior to coming down here – one of the reasons I was a little bit late. In the opening comments, both leaders talked about the importance of moving the relationship forward. We’ve come a long way in 20 years, and I think there’s – it’s in both our interests to continue to improve this relationship and move it forward. But I didn’t get any specific readout on that.

QUESTION: So you did not – he didn’t have any discussions with officials at the State Department?

MR KIRBY: No.

QUESTION: Okay.

MR KIRBY: No. There was no – no. I mean, there were State Department officials present for the meetings —

QUESTION: Yeah.

MR KIRBY: — but I mean, the meeting was with the Vice President before the lunch. And again, I’d point you to the White House to give a readout of that.

Okay? This was easy. Forty minutes. Thanks, everybody.

(The briefing was concluded at 2:38 p.m.)


http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2015/07/244686.htm

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