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US affirms to forge defence ties with Vietnam

November 25, 2020 | 08:11

The US will continue to team up with Vietnam in promoting bilateral defence cooperation in existing spheres, including maritime security, UN peacekeeping operations, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief.

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The 2020 Vietnam-US defence policy dialogue was held virtually on November 24. Photo: VNA

The US will continue to team up with Vietnam in promoting bilateral defence cooperation in existing spheres, including maritime security, UN peacekeeping operations, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief, as heard at the 2020 Vietnam-US defence policy dialogue held virtually on November 24.

US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs (IPSA) David F. Helvey affirmed that the US will pay more heed to collaboration in war aftermath settlement, which serves as a foundation for the bilateral defence ties.

Helvey expressed his gratitude towards Vietnam for helping the US search for missing-in-action servicemen, and pledged to push ahead with joint projects and cooperation activities in this regard.

The US treasures the comprehensive partnership with Vietnam and hopes that the Southeast Asian country will continue to thrive and play an increasingly important role in the region.

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Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien. Photo: People's Army Newspaper

For his part, Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien spoke highly of efforts and outcomes achieved by the two countries in surmounting war consequences, particularly in the implementation of a project on dioxin remediation at Bien Hoa Airbase and another to support people with disabilities from Agent Orange/dioxin, overcome the aftermath of bombs and mines, and search for the remains of missing-in-action soldiers.

The US side has helped Vietnam carry out UN peacekeeping operations and improve the capacity of Vietnam’s Coast Guard, he added.

The two sides shared the view that the bilateral defence cooperation in the recent past has flourished in line with the Memorandum of Understanding on Advancing Bilateral Defence Cooperation in 2011 and the Joint Vision Statement on Defence Relations in 2015, contributing to the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership./.

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