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Published:November 20th, 2006 07:17 EST
President Bush Meets with Business Leaders in Vietnam

President Bush Meets with Business Leaders in Vietnam

By SOP newswire

In Focus: President`s Trip to Southeast Asia

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all very much for -- thank you very much for joining me and the Secretary of State. I find it really interesting that my first meeting in Ho Chi Minh City is at the stock exchange, and I`m meeting with entrepreneurs, people who have taken a look at the markets in Vietnam and have decided that this is a good place to invest.

I want to thank you all for coming to share some of your stories with me. I`m very interested in hearing what the opportunities are like and the obstacles you face and how, perhaps, the United States can help foster the market economy that is growing here.

I must tell you I am, first of all, unbelievably grateful for the welcome that Laura and I have been received with here in Ho Chi Minh City -- I`ve never seen as many people line the streets with such a friendly attitude. Secondly, I read about the recent economic history of Vietnam, I am amazed at the size of the growth and the fact that are people are beginning to realize dreams. I recognize that some of you here at the table were born in Vietnam, came to the United States in the mid-70s and have decided to return. And I`m really interested in hearing what that has been like and the contrast in lifestyles and why you made the decisions you made.

And I do want to hear from you all.

SOURCE:  U.S. White House