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Cablegate: Country Clearance Approval for Deputy Secretary John D.

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DE RUEHHI #0054 0160819
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 160819Z JAN 08
FM AMEMBASSY HANOI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 7006
INFO RUEHHM/AMCONSUL HO CHI MINH 4155
RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 7014
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 5799

UNCLAS HANOI 000054

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SENSITIVE
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AMGT OVIP VM
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE APPROVAL FOR DEPUTY SECRETARY JOHN D.
NEGROPONTE AND DELEGATION TO VIETNAM, JANUARY 18-20, 2008

REF: STATE 002723

1. Embassy Hanoi warmly welcomes and grants country clearance for
Deputy Secretary John D. Negroponte and delegation to travel to
Hanoi, January 18-20, 2008.

2. Hanoi Control Officer:
Brian Aggeler, Political Counselor
Tel: (84-4)850-5000 ext. 5119
Cell: (090) 346-0114
Fax: (84-4)850-5098
Unclass E-mail: AggelerB@state.gov

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Ambassador, Control Officer and Embassy vehicles will meet Deputy
Secretary Negroponte and delegation at the airport.

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3. Hotel reservations have been made at the Intercontinental Hanoi
Westlake.

Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake
1A Nghi Tam, Tay Ho
Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: (84-4) 270-8888
Fax: (84-4) 270-7120
www.hanoi.intercontinental.com

4.(SBU) Security Information:

a. (SBU) Vietnamese security personnel may place foreign visitors
under surveillance. Hotel rooms, telephone conversations, fax
transmissions, and e-mail communications may be monitored, and
personal possessions in hotel rooms may be searched.

b. (U) Visitors to Vietnam must exercise appropriate caution and be
alert to their surroundings with regard to their personal security.
Cities in Vietnam have the typical crime problems of other large
cities throughout the world. Pickpockets and petty crime occur and
appear to be increasing; though, violent crimes such as armed
robbery are still relatively rare in Vietnam. Drug use is becoming
more and more of a problem in Vietnam. The Embassy recommends that
travelers use only metered taxis. Traffic in Vietnam can appear
chaotic and there is a real threat of being involved in a traffic or
pedestrian accident. Pedestrians unaccustomed to walking across
the street in Hanoi, HCMC or other Vietnamese cities should be extra
cautious.

c. (U) Visitors should also be aware of the State Department's
Consular Information sheet for Vietnam and the most recent Worldwide
Caution Public Announcements, which are available via the Internet
at http://travel.state.gov

MICHALAK

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