Vietnam’s MOFA has not specified time when communist leader Nguyen Phu Trong hold phone call with US President

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (left) and US President Joe Biden in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 12, 2022

“The contact activities and high-level visits of the leaders of Vietnam – the United States will be announced at an appropriate time.”

That was the response of Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s Spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang at a regular press conference on November 17 to a question about a phone call between US President Joe Biden and General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, from which leads to a high-level visit between the two countries.

Ms. Hang added that activities to maintain high-level contact between the US and Vietnam are still carried out in flexible forms in person or online.

On November 12, at the meeting at the ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh conveyed to President Joe Biden an invitation to visit Vietnam by General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.

Vietnam’s state-controlled media on November 12 reported that at the above meeting, the two sides agreed to coordinate well to prepare for the upcoming phone call between General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and US President Joe Biden in a bid to arrange a high-level visit between the two sides at an appropriate time.

US President Joe Biden’s visit to Vietnam has been anticipated for many months with the US sending diplomatic representatives to Vietnam, specifically the visit of the US Assistant Secretary of State for Eastern Asia and the Pacific Daniel Kritenbrink on October 12.

In April last year, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong also conveyed an invitation to the US President to visit Vietnam through US Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink when the ambassador came to say goodbye to the end of his term in Vietnam. (Translated)