In the early 1990s, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, along with fellow Vietnam veteran John McCain, urged President Clinton to lift the US trade sanctions against Vietnam. In early 1994, Kerry and McCain sponsored a resolution to end the trade embargo, against the opposition of veterans’ groups and many politicians. For years, the two would continue their effort to accelerate the normalization of relations with Vietnam. Looking back on the development of bilateral relations, Kerry said, “The United States and Vietnam have again proven that former adversaries really can become partners, even in the complex world we face today. And as much as that achievement matters to us, it is also a profound and timely lesson to the rest of the world.”
This year, we celebrate 25 years since the normalization of economic relations and the founding of AmCham in Vietnam. It is a credit to the people of both nations that the US and Vietnam have been able to move beyond the tragedies of our shared past to build such a vibrant and strong relationship. Join AmCham this Friday for a luncheon to commemorate our 25th anniversary and the normalization of economic relations featuring special guests The Honorable John Kerry and His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue.
EVENT: 25th Anniversary Luncheon
DATE: Friday, January 18
TIME: 11:30am – 1:30pm
PLACE: Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, K5 Nghi Tam, 11 Xuan Dieu Road
Many of our longtime friends and prominent members of Vietnam’s leadership will also participate, including remarks by His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue. Click HERE to view the draft agenda for this special luncheon event in English and click HERE to view the draft agenda in Vietnamese. This event is sold out and no further registrations are being accepted.