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Kamala Harris’s departure from Singapore was delayed due to issues about “an anomalous well being incident” in Hanoi, the place the US vice-president was scheduled to land, the state division mentioned.
“Earlier this night, the vice-president’s travelling delegation was delayed from departing Singapore as a result of the vice-president’s workplace was made conscious of a report of a current doable anomalous well being incident in Hanoi, Vietnam,” the US embassy in Hanoi mentioned in a press release.
“After cautious evaluation, the choice was made to proceed with the vice-president’s journey.” The delegation arrived in Vietnam simply earlier than 10pm native time on Tuesday, three hours later than scheduled.
The state division has typically used the phrase “anomalous well being incidents” to explain Havana syndrome, a mysterious sickness of unknown origin from which a number of US diplomats have reported struggling signs that embrace nausea, extreme complications, ear ache and insomnia.
The syndrome is called after the capital of Cuba, the place CIA and US state division workers first complained of bizarre sound and strain sensations of their heads in 2016 and 2017. The signs have since been noticed amongst authorities employees in China, Russia and Austria.
The vice-president’s spokesperson declined to supply particulars on the delay, however informed reporters travelling with Harris that “this has nothing to do with the vice-president’s well being”.
“I’ll be aware you all noticed the vice-president out on the tarmac,” mentioned the spokesperson, Symone Sanders. “She is properly, all is ok, and [she is] trying ahead to conferences in Hanoi tomorrow.”
Final week, two US officials in Germany complained of signs much like these associated to Havana syndrome, an individual accustomed to the matter informed the Monetary Instances.
The US has not publicly recognized who it believes is chargeable for the incidents.
Harris is because of spend Wednesday and Thursday in Vietnam. She is essentially the most senior member of President Joe Biden’s administration to have toured the area. US defence secretary Lloyd Austin was in Hanoi on a go to in July.
Harris met Singapore’s prime minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday and in a speech on Tuesday she described the Indo-Pacific area as “critically necessary to our nation, its safety and prosperity”.
She additionally criticised China, saying: “Beijing continues to coerce, to intimidate, and to make claims to the overwhelming majority of the South China Sea”.