US Embassy Vietnam: Former POTUS Bill Clinton Visits to Celebrate 20 Years of Normalized U.S.-Vietnam Relations

Posted: 2:04 am  EDT
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Look who was in Vietnam to celebrate the 239th birthday of U.S. independence and the 20th anniversary of the normalization of U.S.-Vietnam relations!

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Via US Mission Vietnam:

President Bill Clinton traveled to Hanoi to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the historic normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam. The 1995 announcement was one of many actions taken by President Clinton to help the two nations embrace the spirit of reconciliation and move into the future together, including the lifting of the trade embargo and the negotiation of a bilateral trade agreement.

On July 11, 1995, President Clinton announced “the normalization of diplomatic relationships with Vietnam,” paving the way for historic engagement. This breakthrough led to the Comprehensive Partnership signed by President Obama and President Sang in 2013 and to the shared vision that characterizes the multi-faceted bilateral relationship that guides our two countries into the future. With eyes fixed on that bright future, the United States Government is proud to highlight the progress made by our two countries by hosting receptions in Hanoi and in Ho Chi Minh City; and by hosting programs throughout 2015 in Vietnam’s 63 provinces.

Ambassador Osius spoke of optimism at USCG Ho Chi Minh’s  July 1 event:

“As I look back, I recall that first Independence Day event 18 years ago was not as elegant as this one, there were fewer guests, there were fewer American officials working here, fewer American companies …. But still, that event was important symbolically because it represented a new era between our two countries…. What we learned during those early years… was that despite being former enemies, the U.S. and Vietnam could build a new relationship…. So, as Ambassador, I am optimistic.

Here is an excerpt from President Clinton’s remarks:

When the Ambassador was up here introducing me in Vietnamese, your Deputy Prime Minister said he’s pretty good.  [Laughter].  I said well he should be, he was part of the original crew that helped us set up shop here, and then he came back and worked in the National Security Council when I was in office.  I’m glad he got a well-deserved promotion and I thank him for what he’s doing.
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I think most every Vietnamese person could say what Vietnam has gotten out of it.  I would like to tell you that from my point of view America may have won the war, so my friends say.  To me the symbol of why we did the right thing will always be Ambassador Pete Peterson and his wonderful wife.  Many of you know, he spent more than six years as a guest of the Vietnamese government during the war.  He then went home and did his best to put his family back together, ran for Congress, got elected, became our Ambassador — our first Ambassador, one of the best appointments I ever made — and then married his wonderful wife and moved to Australia so he could come to Vietnam once a month and visit here.

I tell you all this because for millions of Americans 20 years ago, actually July 11th, was a different form of independence day.  Vietnam had captured our imagination and taken up so much space in our spirit that there were people who were wounded and injured, and no American my age didn’t know at least someone who was killed here.  There were raging debates at home.  People on both sides thought the others were crazy.  And somehow when finally our Vietnamese friends said they would accept us and we said we would accept them, we were set free.  Those being set free included those who made this day possible, members of the Senate in both parties including President Johnson’s son-in-law, Senator Chuck Robb who supported this, and who probably lost more men under his command, more than any other person working on this; Senator Max Cleland from Georgia who lost two legs and an arm; and of course Senator John Kerry, now Secretary of State; and Senator John McCain, now Chairman of the Armed Services Committee of the Senate.  I want to thank them.  They were the win beneath the wings of this movement.  They made what I was able to do as President possible.  They knew it was a bigger movement in America than it was in Vietnam.

His full remarks here:  http://vietnam.usembassy.gov/clinton-070215.html.

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Fourth of July Food Round-Up: American Embassies’ Red, White and Blue Bites

Posted: 8:50 pm  EDT
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US Embassy Moscow

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USCG Frankfurt

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US Embassy Addis Ababa

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USCG Alexandria

 

US Embassy Buenos Aires

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USCG Barcelona

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US Consulate Hamburg

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US Embassy Brussels


US Embassy Cambodia

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US Embassy Nairobi

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USCG Milan

USCG Milan rolled out its “burger diplomacy” with Chef Spike Mendelsohn and his signature “Prez Obama” and “Michelle Melt” burgers from Tizzy’s N.Y. Bar & Grill.  Milan is also the site of  and on 4th of July, @USAPavilion2015 must have quite a spread.

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And Embassy Ottawa… they vined their food!

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Thank You!

 

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2015 Fourth of July Round-Up: Celebrities, Bands, and Festive Fourth Fashion

Posted: 9:25 am PDT
Updated: 4:14 pm PDT
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Let’s start our roundup at the National Archives where there is a host of free activities on July 4 for those in the WashDC area.   Hey, you can sign a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence and share your #ISignedTheDeclaration on social media! There will be a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, a presentation of colors and performance by the Continental Color Guard and the Fife and Drum Corps from the U.S. 3rd Infantry, the Old Guard.  You can even take a   w/ or on ! Check it out here: .

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US Embassy London

A big do at Winfield House with Duran Duran, Sherlock, and Ambassador and Mrs. Barzun’s closest friends.

Look who showed up!

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US Embassy Singapore

Ambassador Wagar hosted the FOJSG and there was a jazz band, storm troopers, and Twitter Singapore. Of course, the event had its own Twitter handle @TweepsAtFOJSG!

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US Embassy Warsaw

Ambassador Steve Mull hosted the mission’s local friends including NBA star Marcin Gortat, Polish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Washington Wizards.

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US Embassy Canada

Ambassador and Mrs. Heyman hosted 4,000 guests at Lornado, with representatives from 70 countries in attendance. The embassy’s Motor City Rising theme includes bagpipers, drums, bands and Motwon music.

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US Embassy Dublin

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US Embassy Paris

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US Embassy New Delhi

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Festive Fourth Fashion

 

Ukraine:  What a shirt! Check out Ambassador Pyatt during US Embassy Kyiv’s Fourth of July event. He said, “Ukrainian creativity is hard to beat!” And yes, they had the amazing @RuslanaOfficial.

 

Singapore: The Public Affairs Counselor of US Embassy Singapore, @njcsnyder had his FOJSG dancing pants!

 

Japan: In Tokyo, Ambassador Kennedy sports a red, white and blue hat.

 

Tri-Mission Vienna:  The three ambassadors at US Embassy Austria, OSCE and UNVIE.


Canada
:  Ambassador Heyman and wife Vicki with their coordinated red, white and blue get up (includes the   socks!)

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