Vietnam, US enhance defence ties

US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin is on an official visit to Vietnam. The visit on July 28-29 is made at the invitation of Minister of National Defence General Phan Van Giang.

After an official welcome ceremony on July 29, the two ministers held talks.

They agreed to continue promoting collaboration following the Memorandum of Understanding on Promoting Defence Cooperation signed in 2011 and the Joint Vision Statement on Defence Relations signed in 2015, with priority given to the settlement of war consequences, the improvement of law enforcement at sea, military medicine collaboration in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and training.

The US Secretary agreed to step up the implementation of the dioxin decontamination project at Bien Hoa airport and other humanitarian projects in Vietnam.

The ministers witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in searching, gathering and identifying the remains of Vietnamese martyrs./.