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VIETNAM FOREIGN MINISTER, CHRISTOPHER TO MEET IN D.C.

In another sign of closer relations between former foes, Vietnam's foreign minister said Friday he would meet with Secretary of State Warren Christopher and senators and congressmen in Washington next month.

Nguyen Man Cam's announcement came at the end of two days of high-level meetings between U.S. and Vietnamese negotiators. The negotiators said progress had been made on resolving the fate of Americans missing in action and on opening diplomatic offices in each other's capitals soon."Each time when we meet each other, we understand each other more and it creates a good basis for further development in bilateral relations," Cam said. "Both sides emphasize the effort to promote bilateral relations."

Cam said he also planned to meet with U.S. trade organizations, as Vietnam tries to encourage American investment following the lifting of the 19-year trade embargo by President Clinton. Cam will be in the United States for the 49th session of the U.N. General Assembly.

"We have some high-level meetings arranged," Peter Tomsen, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, told reporters after an hourlong meeting with Cam.

Earlier, Tomsen met with Cam's deputy, Le Mai, for more than an hour. "We certainly made progress on the MIA issue but also in other areas," Tomsen said.

"We share the same point of view," said Mai.