Rose Gottemoeller, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security for the US State Department, will travel to Vietnam as part of her visit to four Asian-Pacific countries from February 27-March 9.

The four countries are the Philippines, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand, according to the US Department of State.

During her visit to the Philippines from February 27–March 1, the Under Secretary will meet in Manila with senior officials from the departments of foreign affairs, and national defense to discuss regional security, bilateral security cooperation, maritime security, and the upcoming Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference (NPT RevCon).

She will visit Subic Naval Station and tour the Philippines Navy Frigate BRP 15 Gregorio del Pilar on February 28.

In Vietnam, Under Secretary Gottemoeller will travel to central Quang Tri province on March 1–2 to observe US-funded efforts to survey and clear Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) of war. She will also meet with provincial level authorities and non-governmental organisations.

The Under Secretary will travel to Hanoi on March 3 to discuss the US-Vietnam bilateral relationship during the 20th anniversary of normalised relations, as well as regional security, security cooperation, maritime security, and the upcoming NPT RevCon with her Vietnamese counterparts.

From March 4-6 in Australia, she will meet with counterparts from the Australian departments of foreign affairs and trade, and defence to discuss US-Australia defense cooperation, regional security, and other international security topics in Canberra.

She will deliver speeches on nuclear non-proliferation and the role of the US in Asia-Pacific Security at the Australian National University and the University of Sydney, respectively.

On March 9, she will meet with officials from the ministries of foreign affairs and trade, and defence to discuss international security issues in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Under Secretary will also speak with area students and experts in Wellington.-VNA