Families in Vietnam on Wednesday began receiving the bodies of their loved ones who died in a container truck in England last month. So far 16 of the 39 victims’ bodies have been flown to Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport and then taken to their families’ homes by ambulance. The repatriation came two days after a man accused of driving the truck pleaded guilty to assisting in plotting illegal immigration in British court.
For the first time since the Vietnam War, a US Navy aircraft is visiting a Vietnamese port, indicating the growing strategic relationship as China increases its military buildup. Daniel Kritenbrink, US ambassador to Vietnam, said ‘…we have gone from former enemies to close partners’ and the visit ‘demonstrates our commitment to the US- Vietnam partnership.’