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US Secretary of Defense in HCMC

Released at: 17:01, 17/10/2018

US Secretary of Defense in HCMC

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (1st from right) is welcomed upon his arrival (Photo: The US Embassy)

Visit by Secretary James Mattis his second to Vietnam in 2018.

by My Van

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis made his second visit of the year to Vietnam and his first to Ho Chi Minh City on October 16-17. The significant growth in the comprehensive partnership between the US and Vietnam was highlighted by a visit to the old Bien Hoa Airbase, 30 km to the north of Ho Chi Minh City, to reaffirm the US commitment to contribute to dioxin remediation - another significant step in addressing the legacies of war.

US Ambassador to Vietnam H.E. Daniel Kritenbrink accompanied Secretary Mattis throughout his visit. “Secretary Mattis’ visit demonstrates continued US support for a strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam that contributes to international security,” he said. “It also shows our commitment to addressing war legacies, which serves as the bedrock of the US-Vietnam bilateral defense partnership. I strongly believe that as we continue to address these legacies, we can expand our work together for the mutual benefit of both our peoples and the world.”

The United States Agency for International Development, together with Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defense, completed a successful five-year, $110 million effort to clean dioxin contaminated soil at Da Nang International Airport earlier this year. The subsequent dioxin remediation project at Bien Hoa Airbase exemplifies the persistent steps both countries continue to make to jointly resolve war legacies while deepening the strong partnership through security, economic, and cultural cooperation.

During his visit, Secretary Mattis also met with Defense Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan.

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