Obama: US, Vietnam talk trade, human rights

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang are committed to completing a regional trade pact before the end of the year. He said it would create jobs and increase investments in the Asia-Pacific region and in both countries.

Obama met in the Oval Office Thursday with the Vietnamese leader. Sang said Obama agreed to visit Vietnam before his term ends.

Obama said both men also discussed issues of human rights. Before arriving in the U.S., Sang told The Associated Press that American concerns over his country's arrests of dissidents and other human rights abuses shouldn't hinder closer military and economic ties.

Across the street from the White House, a group of demonstrators called on Obama to protect human rights in Vietnam ahead of trade.

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