Australia, Hanoi at odds over 50th anniversary of Vietnam War battle

August 18, 2016 5:52 AM

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Australia, Hanoi at odds over 50th anniversary of Vietnam War battle

SYDNEY: An Australian ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a Vietnam War battle has soured into a diplomatic spat after the Vietnamese government restricted access to the site at Long Tan.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made an 11th hour appeal to his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen XuanPhuc on behalf of about 1,000 Australian veterans and their families who had travelled to Vietnam but found themselves barred by authorities, who said the ceremony might offend residents.

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