|Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh meets US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for South and Southeast Asia, Amy Searight at the sixth Viet Nam-US Defence Policy Dialogue held in Washington DC from September 29 to October 2. — VNA/VNS Photo
WASHINGTON DC (VNS) — The sixth Viet Nam-US Defence Policy Dialogue held in Washington DC from September 29 to October 2 agreed that emerging sovereignty disputes and claims that went against international law were complicating affairs in the Asia-Pacific region.
The dialogue was held during a visit by Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh to the United States.
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for South and Southeast Asia, Amy Searight, said she was delighted at the development of relations between the two countries and their defence ties in particular.
She said defence co-operation was being promoted within the framework of the 2011 memorandum of understanding (MoU) on boosting bilateral defence co-operation.
Searight said the situation in the Asia-Pacific was complicated. Emerging sovereignty disputes as well as actions and claims that went against international law were worrying nations both within and outside the region
She said all disputes should be addressed by peaceful means and that any actions that run counter to international law should desist.
Regarding bilateral defence ties, she spoke of both sides' efforts to intensify co-operation in the spirit of the Memorandum of Understanding, the 2015 Joint Vision Statement on Defence Relations and other agreements signed by high-level leaders.
She said the results had been positive, such as handling the aftermath of war, including the search for the remains of soldiers, bomb and mine clearance, dioxin detoxification, humanitarian assistance and search and rescue operations.
She added that the two countries had also co-ordinated closely at multilateral forums, particularly the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM+).
Vinh agreed that the Asia-Pacific region was facing instability and conflict, which required nations involved to exercise restraint, participate in peace talks, share viewpoints and show solidarity at multilateral forums, work towards the formation of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea on the basis of international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and avoid any actions that complicated the situation.
He appreciated the US's efforts to handle the consequences of war, particularly projects to address dioxin contamination at Da Nang airport and assess the situation at the Bien Hoa airport.
The two sides agreed to continue developing defence relations in line with the bilateral comprehensive partnership, maintain collaboration in settling the aftermath of war and peacekeeping missions, seek co-operation opportunities in the defence industry, boost the ADMM+ mechanism in a more practical manner and promote peace, stability and development in the region and the world.
During his stay in the US, Vinh also met Under Secretary of Defence for Policy, Christine Wormuth, and Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, David Shear, among others. — VNS