U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander completes first visit to Vietnam

Admiral Philip S. Davidson completed his first visit to Vietnam as the Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) yesterday after a four-day trip to Hanoi, Khanh Hoa Province, and Ho Chi Minh City.

U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander completes first visit to Vietnam

While in Hanoi on April 15-16, Admiral Davidson met with high-level government officials and military personnel including Minister of Defense, Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich, Vice Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, and Communist Party of Vietnam External Relations Commission Vice Chairman  Nguyen Manh Cuong.
During the meetings, Admiral Davidson and Vietnamese officials discussed how the United States and Vietnam continue to deepen security cooperation in numerous fields including addressing legacies of war, increasing Vietnam’s capacity in peacekeeping operations, building capacity in maritime law enforcement, and ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.
“Our U.S.-Vietnam defense cooperation is based on our common strategic interests in upholding Vietnam’s sovereignty and independence and promoting a rules-based international order,” said Admiral Davidson during the visit.
Admiral Davidson visited Khanh Hoa Province and met with provincial People’s Committee Standing Vice Chairman Tran Son Hai on April 17 . He also inaugurated new rooms built by the U.S. military for Khanh Hoa Dermatology Hospital, which will increase the treatment capacity for the people in and around Nha Trang City.
This opportunity arose from close cooperation between the Khanh Hoa People’s Committee and U.S. partners during Pacific Partnership 18 last year.
From April 17 to 18, Admiral Davidson visited Ho Chi Minh City where he met with City Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Thien Nhan. In his meeting with business leaders in the city, they discussed how the United States and Vietnam can work together to support private sector infrastructure investment as part of President Trump’s Indo-Pacific Strategy.

By UYEN PHUONG

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