The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi, Vietnam. Secretary Pompeo expressed condolences over the loss of life due to significant flooding as a result of Tropical Storm Linfa and Typhoon Molave and was pleased to announce an additional $2 million in USAID assistance to support response efforts, bringing total funding from the U.S. Government to more than $2.1 million to date. The Secretary congratulated the Prime Minister on Vietnam’s superb chairmanship of ASEAN during a challenging year. Acknowledging the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries, Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Phuc reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership and reiterated our shared commitment to a free and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.