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Leader of HUFO received the new Consul General of the U.S. in HCMC

(HUFO) On January 22 2014, Ms. Rena Elizabeth Bitter – new Consul General of the U.S in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) paid her first courtesy call on Mr. Le Hung Quoc, Chairman of the HCMC Union of Friendship Organizations (HUFO).


          At the meeting, Mr. Le Hung Quoc briefly introduced the activities of people-to-people diplomacy and iNGOs of HUFO to Ms. Bitter. He also appreciated the breakthrough of Vietnam and the U.S.’s ties in many fields especially in commerce, investment, culture and education-training.

          “I believed that you, together with Vietnamese partners, would boost the relations of Vietnam and the U.S. in general and HCMC and other American localities in particular in terms of commerce while both countries are negotiating the TPP.”, said Mr Le Hung Quoc.

         In response, Ms. Bitter considered education as the potential field that we should focus on more. 



“Rena Bitter is a career Senior Foreign Service Officer and with nearly twenty years in the Foreign Service, Ms. Bitter has served in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Washington DC.  She most recently served under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as Director of the State Department’s Operations Center, the Department’s 24/7 Briefing and Crisis Management Center.

Prior to her work in the Operations Center, Ms. Bitter served as Consular Section Chief in Amman Jordan and Nonimmigrant Visa Chief in London.  She was a Special Assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2001-2002 and on Madeleine Albright’s Secretariat Staff from 1999-2000.  She has also served at Embassies Bogota and Mexico City.

Ms. Bitter is a native of Dallas, Texas and attended Northwestern University.” – U.S. Consulate General in HCMC.



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