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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 17, 2006

President Bush Meets with President Nguyen Minh Triet of Vietnam
Presidential Palace
Hanoi, Vietnam

President's Remarks

      APEC 2006
      President's Trip to Southeast Asia

2:35 P.M. (Local)

THE PRESIDENT: Mr. President, thank you very much for your hospitality. Laura and I have been struck by the friendliness of the people of Vietnam. In our drive through this beautiful city we were pleased to see thousands of your citizens with smiles on their faces. And we're so grateful.

I've been reading and studying about your country and I have seen now firsthand the great vibrancy and the excitement that's taking place in Vietnam. You're like a young tiger, and I look forward to continuing to work to make sure our bilateral relations are close. And thank you for hosting APEC. And thank you for hosting a dinner for us tonight, we're really looking forward to it.

END 2:37 P.M. (Local)

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