Phạm Gia Khiêm

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Pham Gia Khiem at the Pentagon in 2007
Bình meeting with Condoleezza Rice at APEC, September 2007

Phạm Gia Khiêm (born 6 August 1944) was a Vietnamese politician, a former deputy prime minister and former Minister of Foreign Affairs (2006-2011). He was previously Minister of Science, Technology and Environment from November 1996 to September 1997, and was born in Hanoi. He was a lecturer at Bắc Thái College of Electrical Engineering from 1968 to 1970, and gained 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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