The U.S. government has fully removedÂ its decades-longÂ banÂ on sales of military equipment and weapon systems toÂ Vietnam as the two countries aim to renewÂ their bilateral relationship,Â Reuters reported Monday.
Matt Spetalnick writes President Obama saidÂ during a press conference Monday with VietnameseÂ President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi theÂ lifting of the U.S. arms embargo on Vietnam was not related toÂ China’s increased military activities inÂ the South China Sea.
“It was based on our desire to complete what has been a lengthy process of moving towards normalization with Vietnam,” Obama told reporters.
The U.S. issued a policy in October 2014Â to ease restrictions on weapon shipments to Vietnam in an effort to help that country addressÂ maritime surveillance and security challenges.
Vietnam’s arms procurement requests will be considered by the federal governmentÂ on a case-by-case basis, according to Spetalnick’s report.