Statement on the Passing of Former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai

Daniel J. Kritenbrink
U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam

March 20, 2018

On behalf of the U.S. Mission in Vietnam, I would like to express our sincere condolences on the passing of former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the people of Vietnam at this sad time.

As the first Prime Minister of Vietnam to visit the United States, his historic 2005 meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush helped our two nations overcome our painful past and realize the unlimited possibilities of our bright future together.

Prime Minister Khai’s contributions to the U.S.-Vietnam partnership continue to have a lasting effect on our rapidly growing cooperation in trade, regional security, and people-to-people ties. A humble but persistent reformer, his work will influence Vietnam for generations to come.