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Defence co-operation with the US lifted

Update: June, 22/2013 - 09:43

WASHINGTON DC (VNS)— The chiefs of staff of Vietnamese and US armies reached on Tuesday a consensus on activities to elevate the two countries' defence co-operation.

This came from talks at the headquarters of the US Department of Defence in Washington DC between Viet Nam's Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Army General Martin E Dempsey.

Ty suggested the two sides continue implementing activities based on the signed agreement on defence co-operation, including delegation exchanges, experience sharing, US assistance in dealing with unexploded ordnance left over from the war, searching for the remains of US servicemen missing in Viet Nam and dioxin detoxification.

Dempsey agreed with the co-operation contents and praised Viet Nam's initiative to establish the Experts' Working Group on Humanitarian Mine Action (ADMM+).

He affirmed that the US would back relevant parties to solve disputes by peaceful means, abiding by international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

He also expressed his hope that ASEAN and China would promptly build a Code of Conduct (COC) of Parties in the East Sea. — VNS

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