Vietnam and the state of Oregon in the US will cooperate in disaster response, humanitarian aid, and search and rescue activities.

An agreement to this effect was signed between the National Committee for Search and Rescue of Vietnam and the state of Oregon in Hanoi on November 27.

During the discussions, the Vietnamese side proposed aspects of cooperation for 2013, especially the study of US disaster management, emergency response and search and rescue, as well as cooperating with Oregon directly on issues of training for Vietnamese staff and improving their English skills.

Additionally, the Vietnamese side asked to share information, technology and experience in disaster warning and forecasting, humanitarian aid and search and rescue.

The two sides expressed their wish that in the future, they will achieve positive results in their cooperation to mitigate losses caused by disasters.-VNA