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Vietnam US's comprehensive partner in region

Released at: 18:40, 06/10/2018

Vietnam US's comprehensive partner in region

The Vietnam - US defence policy dialogue 2018 in Hanoi on October 4 (Photo: qdnd.vn)

US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs paying visit to Vietnam.

“Vietnam is our comprehensive partner in the region who is committed to peace, stability, and prosperity; all core tenets of the US Indo-Pacific Strategy,” Mr. Randall G. Schriver, US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, said at a meeting with Deputy Minister of Defense, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, during the Vietnam - US defence policy dialogue 2018 held in Hanoi on October 4. 

He also noted that what makes this partnership important is the shared commitment to international rule of law, maritime security, and stability in the Indo-Pacific.

This marks Mr. Schriver’s third visit to Vietnam this year, which represents a significant strengthening in the US-Vietnam bilateral defense relationship. While in Hanoi, he met with Minister of Defense, General Ngo Xuan Lich, and Deputy Chairman of the Communist Party’s External Relations Commission, Mr. Nguyen Manh Cuong, and visited the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

Defence Minister Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich (R) met with Mr. Randall G. Schriver in Hanoi on Oct. 4 (Photo: US Embassy)

He traveled to Ho Chi Minh City on October 5 to witness firsthand the socioeconomic dynamics in southern Vietnam and how they play a significant role in Vietnam’s overall development.

“I visited Military Hospital 175, which recently deployed to South Sudan with the UN,” Mr. Schriver said. Military Hospital 175 - a modern healthcare complex servicing southern Vietnam - deployed doctors and medical staff to South Sudan earlier this month to undertake Vietnam’s first-ever UN peacekeeping mission.

“I applaud the Ministry of Defense’s leadership in its UN peacekeeping efforts and the life-saving operations they are conducting in South Sudan,” Mr. Schriver said. “This unprecedented achievement speaks volumes of Military Hospital 175’s training and readiness.”

Mr. Scriver’s visit to Vietnam again shows the strengthening of the Vietnam-US defense ties through the building of mutual trust and confidence and is a demonstration of the shared commitment to regional security, peace, and stability.

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