Vietnam – US strengthening defense cooperation

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Defense Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich on November 20 hosted a reception for US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, who is on an official visit to Vietnam from November 19 to 21.

At the talk  (Photo: SGGP)

At the talk (Photo: SGGP)

The welcoming ceremony was held at the headquaters of the Ministry of National Defense in Hanoi with the participation of Ambassador Dan Kritenbrink and military leaders of the two sides.
Minister of National Defense General Ngo Xuan Lich affirmed the defense cooperation is an important landmark for the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership. The US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s trip to Vietnam aims to implement contents of the agreement on promoting defense collaboration signed between the two ministries, make a contribution to the friendship between the armed forces and people of two countries.
At the meeting, the two sides shared concerns and issues, and stressed the importance of maintaining a peaceful and stable environment for the development.
The two ministers also highly appreciated the results in missing-in-action servicemen, bomb and mine clearance, Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin remediation, United Nations peace-keeping operations, training, military medicine and the improvement of law enforcement capacity at sea, disaster relief and humanitarian aid.
The two sides will continue to boost the contents of the memorandum of understanding on promoting defense collaboration signed in 2011, the joint vision statement on defense cooperation inked in 2015 and the cooperation plan for 2018-2020. Their fields of concentration are high-ranking delegation exchange; enhancement mechanisms of consultation, dialogue and cooperation in solving consequences of war; Bien Hoa airport dioxin cleanup project; disaster search and rescue activities and humanitarian aid; marine security, military medicine, English training; defense industrial cooperation and UN Peacekeeping.
Vietnam – US strengthening defense cooperation ảnh 1 Defense Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich receives US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
Vietnam – US strengthening defense cooperation ảnh 2 Defense leaders of the two countries review the honour guard of  the Vietnam People's Army.
Vietnam – US strengthening defense cooperation ảnh 3 At the national anthems ceremony
Vietnam – US strengthening defense cooperation ảnh 4 US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper meets  officers of the Vietnam People's Army.
Vietnam – US strengthening defense cooperation ảnh 5
Vietnam – US strengthening defense cooperation ảnh 6  At the welcoming ceremony

By TRAN BINH – Translated by Kim Khanh

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