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For many years Athens and Vietnam had maintained an informal relationship, after all most of the Asian forces were stationed in Vietnam as a legacy from the time it was still Tianxia. While different situations had postponed formal talks so far it was time to change things.

A message would arrive to the President of Vietnam from the Office of the Megale Autokrateira.

[quote]President Nguyen Quang Vinh,

While there have been no formal relations between Athens and Vietnam it is hard to ignore the informal friendship that has existed between our two states. In line with this relationship and a history of no hostility I would like to invite you our a delegate to the Imperial Palace for a private meeting to discuss the potential for more formal relations.

Sincerely,
Ariadne Notaras of Heraclius[/quote]

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Nguyen leaned back in his leather chair as the barest of hints that the leather had recently been polished wafted around him. The last few days had been exceptionally busy for the President as he received hourly updates at the current peacekeeping mission to New Zealand. The military certainly needed the work, it had been far too long since their deployment to the Caribbean. Practice makes perfect, and New Zealand with its rough terrain would ensure a perfect opportunity to keep Vietnamese soldiers sharp in an unfamiliar environment. Glancing back to the letter on his desk he picked up his phone to coordinate a response with his Prime Minister.

[quote]Dear Ms.* Ariadne Notaras of Heraclius,

Thank you for your invitation, you're correct that though we share no current formal relations, we do have a history of cooperation and informal friendship. I would be delighted to accept your invitation and will travel to the Imperial Palace as soon as possible.

With warmest regards,

Nguyen Quang Vinh
President, Socialist Republic of Vietnam
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OOC: * I wasn't sure of her exact title, so just insert it in place of Ms. if it is anything more formal.

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Great preparations would be made for the Vietnamnese president. The air around Athens had been cleared of all traffic and a runway at the Air Force Base would make sure they could land. Once on the ground the President would be welcomed by a committee of FA officials before being escorted to the Imperial Palace at the edge of the Athens Imperial District.

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The Vietnamese presidential plane landed without any difficult, the pilot explained to the passengers that the Athenians had closed down airspace over the city as the plane approached its landing at a local air base. As Nguyen stepped off of the plane, to a flash from the camera of an official state photographer, he was greeted by multiple Athenian diplomatic personnel. Grinning, he eagerly shook any hands offered to him as he made his way to the waiting vehicles. As the cars began their journey to the Imperial Palace, the President gave the go ahead for his photographers to snap photos of the Athenian city for news organizations back home. Arriving at the palace the President would quickly exit his vehicle and proceed inside.

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Once the President arrived at the palace he was escorted inside by the High Guard, press was also allowed inside the palace but only in the main hall. The President however was escorted to an enormous conference room covered in art.

"President Nguyen, a pleasure to finally meet you in person" Ariadne said as she approached the man and offered her hand.

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Reaching out to grasp Ariadne's hand Nguyen began to speak, "My dear lady, the pleasure is most certainly all mine, of that I assure you. Thank you for the wonderful invitation, I must say, I have been looking forward to meeting you for quite awhile," pausing, he glanced around the room, "What an exquisite art collection, it must have taken many years to collect such fine pieces."

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[quote name='Yawoo' timestamp='1349978083' post='3040064']
Reaching out to grasp Ariadne's hand Nguyen began to speak, "My dear lady, the pleasure is most certainly all mine, of that I assure you. Thank you for the wonderful invitation, I must say, I have been looking forward to meeting you for quite awhile," pausing, he glanced around the room, "What an exquisite art collection, it must have taken many years to collect such fine pieces."
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Ariadne nodded with a smile "So have I, it is truly a shame that we hadn't managed to arrange an event until now" She replied. "Ah yes, and there is many more. I'd be happy to show you around later, most of the art is in the public quarter of the palace so we can always go back there later. Please sit" She said pointing at a chair. "The aides will be able to provide you with any kind of beverage you want" At this point Ariadne herself took a seat at the round table.

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Nguyen shooked his head, "No, thank you, I had something on the plane ride over. I am rather eager to hear what you had in mind, I must say the invitation's wording has peaked my interest." He eased himself into the seat opposite of Ariadne, unbuttoning the bottom button of his suit jacket as he sat down. Slipping his hand into his suit he pulled out a silver cigarette case, "Do you mind if I smoke? I'm afraid I picked up the habit as a boy and have never quite managed to fully quit." Nguyen opened the case revealing several premium Saigonese cigarettes, offering them first to Adriadne before he himself would take one.

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"Not at all president" She said. "I fear I have to refuse, it is one habit I gave up when I went into the Air Force." After making sure the panels built into the tablke showed the right information she'd raise her head to Nguyen again. "As we both affirmed in our previous communications there is a long history when it comes to Athens and Vietnam working on a military level however we do believe it is time to take these ties to a more formal level"

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Nguyen exhaled a cloud of smoke, being the gentleman he was he blew away from his host, "Yes, indeed while we have no formal connections currently, we have already worked together from the basing in Cam Rahn Bay to operations in the Atlantic. Truly, we have done more work without a treaty than most people do with a treaty."

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Ariadne nodded as she signaled an aide to bring in the draft.

[quote]Vietnam-Athenian Federation Mutual Defense and Optional Aggression Pact

Preamble:
In recognition of the relations existing between the Athenian Federation and Vietnam, hereafter named signatory or signatories, the signatories agree to the terms of this pact and recognize both the spirit as the wording behind the articles.

Article 1:
The signatories shall not participate in any form of aggression against the other nor support a third party in doing so.

Article 2:
The signatories shall share all intelligence vital to the sovereignty of the other.

Article 3:
Should a signatory come under attack from a third party it is the obligation of the other signatory to assist by all means possible. A declaration of war in response to an earlier declaration of war by a signatory shall make such aid optional.

Article 4:
Should a signatory seek to attack another state it may request help from the other signatory, such aid however will remain optional.

Article 5:
Signatories shall maintain an open border policy to each other, such free access shall be guaranteed for both citizens as military.

Article 6:
This treaty may be cancelled when 72 hours notice has been issued.

Signed for the Athenian Federation,
Her Imperial Highness Ariadne Notaras of Heraclius, Megale Autokrateira of the Athenian Federation and her overseas territories, Protector of the Old World, Supreme Commander of the Hellenic Forces, Priestess of the Cult of Athena, Speaker of Zeus, Incarnate of Athena, Heroine of the revolution.

Signed for Vietnam,
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