INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

ALBANIAN LEADER SEEKS

US DIPLOMATIC TIESAlbanian Communist Party leader Ramiz Alia on Wednesday told the first U.S. official delegation to visit his country since 1939 that Albania wants to re-establish full diplomatic relations with Washington as soon as possible.

Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., said he had an "extremely long . . . lively, constructive" meeting Wednesday evening with Mr. Alia, whose hard-line Communist nation has recently shown signs of easing its extreme isolationist policies.

Mr. Alia "asked me to convey to President Bush and Secretary of State (James A.) Baker their desire to establish full diplomatic relations as early as possible, and I certainly feel the time is right," Rep. Lantos said in a telephone interview.

The United States has long accused Albania - the sole remaining hard-line Communist state in Eastern Europe - of human rights violations.

VIETNAM MAY LIFT

INVESTMENT BARRIERS

HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnam wants to lift more restrictions to foreign investment, which has already brought the country $1 billion over the past two years, a local newspaper reported.

Vietnam is "prepared to sign agreements to guarantee foreign investments and avoid double taxation," the daily Hanoi Moi quoted Dau Ngoc Xuan, head of the state commission on foreigncooperation and investment, as telling a group of foreign businessmen.

CARLA HILLS TO VISIT

BRAZIL IN EARLY JUNE

SAO PAULO, Brazil - U.S. Trade Representative Carla Hills will arrive in Brasilia on Tuesday for a three-day visit, the U.S. Embassy here said Thursday.

The purpose of Mrs. Hills' visit will be to discuss bilateral trade and negotiations at the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the Switzerland-based body that governs most world trade in goods.