Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang (R) and General Robert Brown, Commander of the US Army Pacific
At the meeting, General Giang welcomed General Brown to Vietnam, expressing belief that the visit would contribute significantly to bolstering friendly relations between the two nations and expanding defense cooperation between the two armies in general and land forces in particular.

The host highlighted that bilateral defense relations and cooperation between Vietnam and the USA had achieved practical fruitful results, particularly in overcoming consequences of war, including cooperation between the two countries’ coast guard forces in clearing bombs and mines.

General Brown, for his part, thanked the Vietnamese Chief of the General Staff for the reception and expressed his pleasure over the Vietnamese side’s hospitability and good treatment toward him during his visit to the country.

The guest also informed that the Vietnamese and US sides discussed issues of mutual concern to seek new defense cooperation potentials in order to expand defense cooperation in the time to come.

Earlier, Lieutenant General Pham Hong Huong, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, had talks with General Robert Brown, Commander of the US Army Pacific, at the Vietnamese Defense Headquarters.

The two generals reviewed the situation of each country as well as regional issues of mutual concern; exchanged views on the two countries’ defense ties and cooperation between the two land forces on the basis of the Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation signed by the two sides in 2011 and the United States-Vietnam Joint Vision Statement on Defense Relations signed in 2015; and worked out measures to beef up bilateral defense cooperation in the time ahead, with a focus on overcoming consequences of war, search and rescue, disaster relief, and experience sharing in UN peacekeeping activities.

Translated by Thu Nguyen