Phạm Gia Khiêm

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Pham Gia Khiem at the Pentagon in 2007
Bình meeting with Condoleezza Rice at APEC, September 2007
In this Vietnamese name, the family name is Phạm, but is often simplified to Pham in English-language text. According to Vietnamese custom, this person should properly be referred to by the given name Khiêm.

Phạm Gia Khiêm (born 6 August 1944) is a Vietnamese politician, a former deputy prime minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs (since 28 June 2006). He was Minister of Science, Technology and Environment from November 1996 to September 1997. He was born at Hanoi. He was a lecturer at Bắc Thái College of Electrical Engineering from 1968 to 1970, and completed a Ph.D. in Metallurgy in Czechoslovakia in 1975. He is fluent in English, Russian and Czech.[citation needed]

Khiêm made an official visit to the United States in March 2007, meeting with expatriate Vietnamese and visiting the Consulate General of Vietnam in San Francisco, California. During the visit he stated he would look into the case of imprisoned journalist Nguyễn Vũ Bình following a request from then United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice;[1] Bình was pardoned and released on 8 June 2007.[2]

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  1. ^ Kessler, Glenn (17 March 2007). "Vietnam to Consider Freeing Journalist After Inquiry by Rice". Washington Post. Retrieved 22 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Internet dissident Nguyễn Vũ Bình released". Amnesty International. 12 June 2007. Retrieved 22 August 2008. 

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