Kamala Harris’ flight delayed due to ‘anomaly’ in Hanoi

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The US State Department said Kamala Harris’ departure from Singapore was postponed due to concerns about an “abnormal health incident” in Hanoi, where the US vice president was scheduled to land.

“Earlier this evening, the Vice President’s traveling delegation was delayed from leaving Singapore because the Vice President’s office was aware of a report of a recent anomalous health incident in Hanoi, Vietnam,” the US Embassy in Hanoi said in a statement. .

“After careful evaluation, the decision has been made to continue the vice president’s journey.” The delegation arrived in Vietnam before 10 p.m. local time on Tuesday, three hours later than scheduled.

The State Department has often used the phrase “abnormal health incidents” to describe Havana syndrome, a mysterious disease of unknown origin that many American diplomats reported experiencing symptoms including nausea, severe headaches, earaches and insomnia.

The syndrome is named after the capital of Cuba, where CIA and State Department employees first complained of unusual voices and pressure in their heads in 2016 and 2017. Symptoms have since been observed among government employees in China, Russia and Austria.

A spokesperson for the vice president declined to give details of the delay, but told reporters traveling with Harris that “this has nothing to do with the vice president’s health.”

“I will note that you all saw the Vice President on the tarmac,” said the spokesperson, Simon Sanders. “It’s fine, everything is fine, and [she is] I look forward to the meetings in Hanoi tomorrow.”

last week, Two American officials in Germany One person familiar with the matter complained to the Financial Times of symptoms similar to those of Havana syndrome.

The United States has not publicly identified who it believes to be responsible for the incidents.

Harris is scheduled to spend Wednesday and Thursday in Vietnam. She is the oldest member of President Joe Biden’s administration to tour the region. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was in Hanoi for a visit in July.

Harris met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday, and in a speech on Tuesday she described the Indo-Pacific region as “of critical importance to our nation’s security and prosperity.”

She also criticized China, saying, “Beijing continues to coerce, intimidate, and claim the vast majority of the South China Sea.”

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