Senior Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang and Lieutenant General Bryan Fenton expressed their delight at the positive developments of the Vietnam-US relations recently as the two sides have exchanged visits of high-ranking leaders of the two countries and militaries.

General Phan Van Giang (L) receiving General Bryan Fenton

General Bryan Fenton informed the host of his meeting with the Vietnam War Veterans' Association and hoped the two countries’ veterans would have more chances to bolster ties in the coming time.

For his part, General Giang affirmed that there remains much room for the two countries’ militaries to develop bilateral relations, and cooperation, with priorities given to the search for those missing in action, mine action, toxicity remediation, sharing experience in UN peacekeeping operations as well as military and civil medicine.

Earlier, Lieutenant General Bryan Fenton had talks with Senior Lieutenant General Pham Ngoc Minh, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army at the ministry’s headquarters.

General Pham Ngoc Minh and General Bryan Fenton in a photo-call with members of the two delegations

The two sides discussed regional and international issues of mutual concern, evaluated the Vietnam-US bilateral defense cooperation in recent years and exchanged measures to cement the cooperation in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding on Advancing Bilateral Defense Cooperation signed in 2011, the Vietnam-US Joint Vision Statement on Defense Relations signed in 2015, the Action Plan for the 2018-2020 period adopted in 2017 as well and other agreements in force between the two countries’ leaders and militaries.

The two sides agreed to enhance defense ties in the coming time with a focus on issues relating to mitigating war consequences, search and rescue operations, disaster relief, maritime security and UN Peacekeeping.   

Translated by Duong Thu