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VN, US hold joint dialogue

Update: October, 03/2013 - 10:01
Viet Nam and the United States held their sixth joint dialogue on defence, politics and security in Washington DC on Tuesday.— Photo BBC

WASHINGTON DC (VNS)— Viet Nam and the United States held their sixth joint dialogue on defence, politics and security in Washington DC on Tuesday.

Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc and US Acting Assistant Secretary of State Tom Kelly co-chaired the annual event, which discussed bilateral political, security and defence issues as well regional and international issues of common concern.

Representatives from Viet Nam's ministries of Foreign Affairs, Public Security and Defence and the US Department of State, the US Agency for International Development and the Pacific Command also attended the dialogue.

The two sides discussed ways to improve law enforcement at sea, defence procurement, UN peacekeeping activities, humanitarian aid, disaster relief, search and rescue activities.

The delegates also looked at how to overcome the aftermaths of war, treat Agent Orange dioxin victims, continue mine clearance and search for soldiers listed as missing in action.

They talked about regional and global security, stressing that the two sides needed to collaborate in both regional and international forums, such as the ASEAN Regional Forum, the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus, the East-Asia Summit and the Lower Mekong Initiative to enhance regional collaboration to secure peace, stability and prosperity. — VNS

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