Defence Minister greets US armed services official


Defense Minister Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich hosted a reception in Hanoi on May 31 for Senator John McCain from the US Senate Committee on Armed Services, saying that his understanding on Viet Nam and its people had made important contributions to the normalization of bilateral ties.


Lich said Viet Nam and the US have seen fruitful defense cooperation, including in the exchange of delegations at all levels, personnel training, dialogue consultation, maritime security guarantee, search and rescue, bomb and mine clearance, Agent Orange/dioxin detoxification.



Recently, the US shared experience with Viet Nam in joining the United Nations peacekeeping mission.


McCain, for his part, pledged to propose the US Congress and government continue assisting Vietnam in dealing with AO/dioxin-contaminated environment, overcoming war consequences, ensuring maritime security and safety, search and rescue, and other fields of shared concern.


He is due to visit USS John S. McCain cruiser which is undergoing maintenance at Cam Ranh international port. -VNA