General Đỗ Bá Tỵ, Chief of the General Staff of the Việt Nam People’s Army and Deputy Defence Minister meets with Admiral Scott Swift, Commander of the US Pacific Fleet, in Hà Nội yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Pha
HÀ NỘI (VNS) — General Đỗ Bá Tỵ, Chief of the General Staff of the Việt Nam People’s Army and Deputy Defence Minister, hosted a reception for Admiral Scott Swift, Commander of the US Pacific Fleet, in Hà Nội yesterday.
Speaking at the meeting, General Tỵ said Việt Nam treasured its comprehensive relations with the US, particularly in naval activities.
The US Navy had supported the Việt Nam People’s Navy in training for the detection and removal of unexploded underwater ordnance left from previous wars, Tỵ said.
Tỵ said he hoped the two naval forces would further cement ties based on equality and mutual respect for the benefit of each nation, and regional peace and stability.
For his part, Admiral Swift stated that the potential for cooperation between the two countries’ navies remained largely untapped, affirming that he would work to translate such potential into reality.
The commander also agreed that the territorial dispute in the East Sea of Việt Nam should be settled peacefully with respect for international laws, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
He said he would continue contributing to ensuring safety and security in the East Sea, and towards regional and global stability in general. — VNS