President Obama nudges Vietnam on human rights, while pressing reconciliation agenda

May 24, 2016 7:40 AM

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President Obama nudges Vietnam on human rights, while pressing reconciliation agenda

HANOI — President Obama hailed the warming relations between the United States and Vietnam on Tuesday, calling their evolution from bitter wartime foes to growing partners a lesson for a world wracked by modern global conflicts.

“At a time when many conflicts seem intractable — never seem to end — it shows how hearts can change and a different future is possible when we refuses to be prisoners of the past,” Obama told a crowd of 2,300 during a speech at the Hanoi Convention Center. “We’ve shown how peace is better than war....

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