Kerry says US ties can grow if more freedom in Vietnam

August 7, 2015 10:07 AM

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HANOI: US secretary of state John Kerry on Friday lauded the warming of ties with former war enemy Vietnam but said the scope of relations would depend on the communist rulers' willingness to protect human rights and freedoms.

Kerry is Vietnam's latest high-profile visitor from Washington as the former war enemies mark two decades of calibrated engagement since the normalization of ties that have expanded rapidly in the past year.

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