Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis received Vietnamese Minister of National Defense Ngo Xuan Lich at Pentagon on August 8. The two officials discussed the growing US-Vietnam defense relationship and regional security challenges, the Pentagon said.
They agreed to carryout activities that will deepen their countries defense cooperation which include the first visit of a US aircraft carrier to Vietnam next year.
The two countries also agreed to expand naval cooperation, and increase information-sharing.
“The Secretary highlighted the robust level of peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance, and Coast Guard cooperation, including the recent transfer of a former U.S. Coast Guard cutter to improve Vietnam’s maritime law enforcement capabilities,” the Pentagon said.
Mattis and Ngo also agreed that a strong US-Vietnam defense relationship promotes regional and global security.
“This relationship is based on mutual respect and common interests, including the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and globally; respect for international law; and recognition of national sovereignty,” the Pentagon added.
Mattis also welcomed Vietnam’s engagement and growing leadership in the Asia-Pacific region.
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