The Washington Times - July 11, 2013, 10:09AM

President Obama will host Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang for an official state visit on July 25, the White House announced Thursday.

It will be only the third presidential state visit between the U.S. and Vietnam since the two countries re-established diplomatic relations in 1995. Mr. Sang did meet Mr. Obama during a summit in Hawaii in November 2011.

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The White House said Mr. Obama “looks forward to discussing human rights, emerging challenges such as climate change,” and the importance of completing a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

Mr. Obama also wants to discuss how to strengthen cooperation on “regional strategic issues,” the White House said.

Amid U.S. concerns over human rights in Vietnam, the two countries have had only two official state visits. President Clinton visited Vietnam in November 2000 and President Nguyen Minh Triet came to the Bush White House in June 2007.