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Phạm Gia Khiêm

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Phạm Gia Khiêm
Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam
In office
September 29, 1997 – August 3, 2011
Prime MinisterPhan Văn Khải
Nguyễn Tấn Dũng
Succeeded byPhạm Bình Minh
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
June 28, 2006 – August 3, 2011
Prime MinisterNguyễn Tấn Dũng
Preceded byNguyễn Dy Niên
Succeeded byPhạm Bình Minh
Personal details
Born (1944-08-06) August 6, 1944 (age 79)
Phú Thọ, French Indochina (now Vietnam)
Political partyVietnam Communist Party

Phạm Gia Khiêm (born 6 August 1944) is a Vietnamese politician who was Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam from 1997 to 2011 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]


  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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