Barack Obama to lift US arms embargo on Vietnam

HANOI, 23rd May, 2016 (WAM) – US President Barack Obama has announced that the US is fully lifting its embargo on sales of lethal weapons to Vietnam.

Speaking during a visit to Vietnam and talks with its leaders, Mr. Obama said the move removed a “lingering vestige of the Cold War”. He said that both sides had developed a level of trust and co-operation.

Mr. Obama’s visit comes amid warming ties, as the US seeks to build its relationship with its Pacific allies.

The BCC said that Vietnam had been arguing for an end to the arms embargo, which had been in place for decades. It was partially lifted in 2014.

Obama said it was “clear from this visit that both our peoples are eager for an even closer relationship”. His visit comes 41 years after the end of the Vietnam War.