Vietnamese president urges lifting arms embargo

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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File photo of Truong Tan Sang (November 2011).
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Vietnamese president Truong Tan Sang has called for an end to the US arms embargo against his country, as a final step in the restoration of ties between the two countries. The embargo has been in force since the end of the Vietnam War in April 1975. Lifting it would “send a signal to the whole world that the Vietnam-U.S relations have been fully normalized” he said, speaking to Associated Press at the start of the United Nations General Assembly.

He also said that President Obama’s visit to Vietnam this autumn is expected to consolidate a comprehensive partnership formalized when Sang visited Washington in 2013.

When asked about his attitude towards China’s acts, he said the concerns of Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries are “obvious and easy to understand because the acts by China seriously affect the maritime safety and security in the sea. He emphasized “the importance of a peaceful environment to realize new goals for sustainable development just agreed at the UN”.

Also, in another interview with VOA, he called on the claimants to pursue peaceful resolution to the South China Sea dispute.

“Vietnam would like to resolve the issue through international laws, and that is the only way to go forward. Regarding bilateral issue between Vietnam and China, we will negotiate with other bilaterally,” Sang said. “Other multilateral ones such as the Spratly issue, which is related to six parties, then all sides should deal with China.”