US Pacific Command Admiral on Viet Nam Visit

Admiral Timothy J. Keating, Commander of the US Pacific Command (USPACOM), is leading a delegation to visit Viet Nam from December 12-14 at the invitation of Lieutenant General Nguyen Duc Soat, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Viet Nam People’s Army (VPA).

Admiral Keating and Lieutenant General Soat held talks in Ha Noi on December 13 to exchange views of some international and regional issues of common concern.

They focused discussions on issues of searching missing-in-action (MIAs), rescue and charitable activities, language teaching, military health care, that would help boost the relations and mutual understanding between the two armies and peoples.

Admiral Keating thanked Lieutenant General Soat and other VPA officers for their warm welcome and agreed that the two sides would meet to study spheres for cooperation.

Admiral Keating and his entourage paid a courtesy visit to Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem, and Deputy Defence Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Huy Hieu; and visited the Academy of National Defence.