The second Vietnam-US defence policy dialogue took place in Washington
on Sept. 19 under the co-chair of Vietnamese Deputy Defence Minister Lt.
Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh and US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence
At the dialogue, the two sides expressed satisfaction at the outcomes of bilateral defence cooperation over the recent past.
Vinh and Scher agreed on the need to make the Vietnam-US defence
cooperation more practical in the interest of each country and for
peace, stability and cooperation in the region and the world.
Gen. Vinh informed the US side about the results of the 11th National
Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam early this year while the US
side announced its presence in the Asia-Pacific region.
occasion, Lt. Gen. Vinh and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence Robert
Scher signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on promoting
cooperation between the two defence ministries which focuses on five
priority fields in the immediate future.
They include the
establishment of a regular high-ranking dialogue mechanism between the
US Department of Defence and the Vietnamese Defence Ministry, sea
security, search and rescue, studying and exchanging experience in the
United Nations peace keeping activities, and humanitarian aid and
Lt. Gen. Vinh and the Vietnamese delegation also
met with a number of US congressmen and leaders of the US Departments
of States and Defence./.