Vietnam - US Defence Policy Dialogue

VNA - Deputy Defence Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh led the Vietnamese delegation to the event on January 11, while the US delegation was headed by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for South and Southeast Asia Vikram J Singh.

During the dialogue, the two sides reviewed the results of their cooperation in five main areas as stated in the memorandum of understanding signed in September 2011.

They agreed that over the recent past, the two sides have made a number of positive developments in several aspects, especially in humanitarian activities including the search for missing-in-action soldiers, clearance of bomb and mine and explosives left by the war, as well as detoxification of Agent Orange/dioxin chemical.

They reached consensus on the need to increase cooperation in some new areas such as human resource training, UN peacekeeping activities, army medical service as well as natural disaster relief and search and rescue.

They expressed their hope that in the future, the defence cooperation will continue to positively contribute to the cooperation between the two countries for peace and stability in Asia and the Pacific.-VNA