Vietnam, US hold 6th military cooperation dialogue

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Vietnam and the US boosted military ties at the sixth annual Vietnam-US Political, Security, and Defense Dialogue Tuesday.

The dialogue was chaired by Vice Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc and Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Tom Kelly in Washington D.C.

The participants at the meeting discussed ways to further strengthen cooperation in multiple areas, including counterterrorism, counternarcotics, human trafficking, cyber, and law enforcement issues.

 

The two delegations discussed further defense and security cooperation under the framework of the 2011 Memorandum of Understanding on Advancing Bilateral Defense Cooperation.

 

Both parties agreed to continue to expand cooperation in maritime law enforcement, particularly on developing capabilities to address disaster response and search and rescue.

The two sides pledged to continue cooperation in resolving war legacy issues such as POW/MIA accounting, dioxin and Agent Orange, and unexploded ordnance.

 

The US Department of State said in a release Tuesday that the meeting follows the call by US President Barack Obama and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang last July for establishing a new comprehensive partnership between the two nations, and reflects increasing cooperation between the US and Vietnam.

The two sides discussed promoting US-ASEAN cooperation and issues concerning the ASEAN Regional Forum and the East Asia Summit. Both sides noted with satisfaction the progress in negotiating a Civil Nuclear Agreement, and pledged to make progress on further nonproliferation measures.

 

The seventh dialogue will take place in Hanoi next year.

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