|The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening bilateral relations in the spirit of friendship, mutual respect and trust as well as joint commitments for peace, stability, prosperity and security in the Asia-Pacific.—Photo vovworld
HA NOI (VNS) — The seventh Viet Nam-US Political, Security and Defence Dialogue, chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc and US Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Puneet Talwar, ended yesterday in Ha Noi.
During the dialogue, both sides took note of encouraging progress in bilateral ties since the comprehensive partnership was established in 2013. They discussed activities to mark 20 years of normalisation of diplomatic ties between the two countries as well as measures to promote co-operation in regional and global mechanisms, including those in which ASEAN plays the central role.
The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening bilateral relations in the spirit of friendship, mutual respect and trust as well as joint commitments for peace, stability, prosperity and security in the Asia-Pacific.
Attention was also paid to ways to enhance collaboration in numerous fields, including maritime security, disaster relief, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the fight against drug smuggling, peacekeeping operations and law enforcement issues.
Regarding the East Sea issue, both sides reaffirmed their common interest in maintaining peace, stability and aviation and navigation freedom, as well as in addressing disputes by peaceful diplomatic measures in line with international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, while avoiding unilateral provocative acts.
The two sides discussed ways to boost defence-security collaboration in the framework of the 2011 MoU on bilateral defence co-operation. They agreed to continue co-operating in law enforcement at sea, especially in capacity building for disaster coping and search and rescue, as well as in searching for missing-in-action people, dealing with Agent Orange/dioxin and removing unexploded ordnance.
The two sides reiterated their intention to co-operate on regional and international security challenges of common concern.
The next dialogue will be held in Washington in 2016.
Law enforcement ties
Deputy Minister of Public Security Le Quy Vuong hosted a reception for Matthew H.King, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security in Ha Noi yesterday.
At the meeting, the deputy minister stressed that co-operation between Viet Nam and the US in general and between their law enforcement agencies in particular had produced important results.
The two sides regularly exchanged information on fighting transnational crimes and those involving human and drug trafficking, as well as organising workshops and training courses on criminal investigations.
Vuong expressed his hope that the two sides would increase bilateral cooperation in order to contribute to diplomatic ties.
King spoke highly of the results of the co-operation between the two sides, saying he hoped it would yield more success in the fight against crime, as well as judicial and law enforcement activities and police training for the benefit of the two peoples and for peace in the region and the world. — VNS