Vietnam says being chosen to host second Trump-Kim summit is a positive sign

Vietnam says being chosen to host second Trump-Kim summit is a positive sign

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un react at the Capella Ho
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un react at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

HANOI: The choice of Vietnam as host of this month's summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shows the Southeast Asian nation is headed in the right direction, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on Tuesday (Feb 12).

Last week, Trump said he would hold his second meeting with Kim in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi on Feb 27 and 28. That follows an unprecedented Jun 12 summit of the two leaders in Singapore.

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"This important event has shown that Vietnam's investment environment is good, that Vietnam's development model is going in a right direction and especially that the security and safety in Vietnam is wonderful," Phuc told government officials at the Hanoi Stock Exchange.

"Vietnam will demonstrate its international role and do its best to let the word 'Vietnam' ring out."

Vietnam's foreign minister, Pham Binh Minh, will visit North Korea from Feb 12 to 14 ahead of the summit.

As Vietnam prepares for the summit, its reform model is being widely touted as the economic path for impoverished and isolated North Korea to follow.

Last year, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said North Korea could follow the example of Vietnam, adding that Trump believed Pyongyang could replicate Hanoi's path to normal relations with Washington and to prosperity.

Source: Reuters/nc

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