US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter’s visit to Vietnam has promoted cooperation, with a view to bringing bilateral defence ties to a higher level, the Foreign Ministry’s Deputy Spokesperson Pham Thu Hang has stated.

Speaking at a regular press conference in Hanoi on June 4, Hang said the Vietnam-US defence cooperation has reached practical outcomes in recent times.

Regarding the joint vision statement on Vietnam-US defence relations, Hang reported that the statement aims to enhance friendship and mutual trust and understanding between the two countries and deepen their comprehensive partnership for peace and stability in the Southeast Asian and Asian Pacific regions.-VNA