Viet made the statement at the ministry's regular press conference in Hanoi on May 28, in reply to reporters’ queries regarding the U.S.’s upcoming hand-over of a large-scale patrol vessel to Vietnam.

Vice Foreign Ministry Spokesman Doan Khac Viet

Based on agreements reached by both sides, including the 2011 Memorandum of Understanding for Advancing Bilateral Defense Cooperation, the 2015 Joint Vision Statement on Defense Relations and the Plan of Action for Defense Cooperation for 2018 – 2020, the two countries are promoting bilateral defense ties, including in maritime security and improvement of legal enforcement capacity at sea, contributing to maintaining peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world, he said.

Source: VNA