Vietnam 's ambassador to the United States Nguyen Quoc Cuong attended the annual National League of POW/MIA Families conference in Washington D.C. on June 13, news website Vietnamplus reported Friday.
It was the first time a Vietnamese ambassador had ever been invited to attend the event.
Speaking at the meeting, Cuong highlighted what his country lost during the Vietnam War and said it also has numerous cases of soldiers listed as MIA (missing in action).
But, he emphasized, Vietnam has cooperated with the US since the war ended to help it find its missing soldiers, considering it a humanitarian issue. As a result, so far, 693 of 1,983 missing US soldiers have been found, he said.
The ambassador also acknowledged the US's cooperation in providing information related to nearly 1,000 Vietnamese soldiers missing in action.
He repeated the Vietnamese government's policy of continuing to work with the US on the MIA issue and asked US organizations, including the National League of POW/MIA Families, to further support Vietnam in overcoming the war's lingering consequences, specifically issues related to Agent Orange/Dioxin and left over bombs and mines.
In his letter sent to the POW/MIA Families League, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the attendance and the speech of Ambassador Cuong demonstrated the growth of the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
Founded in 1970, the National League of POW/MIA Families is a nonprofit organization concerned with finding missing, dead or imprisoned American soldiers from the Vietnam War.
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