Vietnam, US talk political, security, defence matters

Both Ngoc and Kaidanow recognised positive developments in bilateral ties since Vietnam and the US set up their comprehensive partnership in 2013. They added that 2017 was a successful year of Vietnam-US relations, evidenced by the visit of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the US in May and Vietnam becoming the first Southeast Asian nation to welcome President Donald Trump in November.Ngoc affirmed that Vietnam highly values and hopes to intensify the relationship with the US in a stable, extensive and effective manner on the basis of respecting each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political regime, thus contributing to maintaining peace, stability, cooperation and development in the Asian-Pacific region and the world.He suggested that the two countries focus on efficiently implementing agreements reached by their senior leaders in 2017, aiming to continue boosting the ties in a practical and effective manner, while maintaining regular meetings and dialogues, and promoting growth of bilateral cooperation in economy, trade and investment.Ngoc also showed satisfaction of security-defence relationship, including the successful Vietnam visit by US Secretary of Defence James Mattis in early 2018. He proposed that the two sides strengthen cooperation in humanitarian activities and overcoming war aftermaths, focusing on the remediation project in Bien Hoa airport, UXO clearance, assistance to war victims and search for Vietnamese soldiers missing during the war.Kaidanow agreed that the two sides should maintain growth trend and deepen bilateral ties through the exchange of delegations, especially high-ranking ones, while promoting the efficiency of existing collaboration mechanisms and considering… [Read full story]


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