Vietnam party chief to make U.S. trip, still at odds over human rights

March 6, 2015 8:40 AM

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Vietnam party chief to make U.S. trip, still at odds over human rights

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's Communist Party chief will visit the United States this year, Washington's ambassador said on Friday, in a landmark trip underlining a rapid strengthening of ties between former foes still at odds over human rights.

Nguyen Phu Trong would be the first party general secretary to visit the United States, which will also receive Vietnam's Minister of Public Security, who oversees a police force condemned widely for human rights abuses and suppression of government critics.

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