Good settlement of post-war matters like Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin victims as well as leftover bombs and mines in Việt Nam will help promote friendship between Việt Nam and the US. — Photo thoidai.com.vn
HÀ NỘI – Good settlement of post-war matters like Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin victims as well as leftover bombs and mines in Việt Nam will help promote friendship between Việt Nam and the US, said Nguyễn Tâm Chiến, President of the Việt Nam-USA Society (VUS).
He made the statement during a reception yesterday for a delegation from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), led by VFW Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief Keith E Harman.
Lauding the exchange programme between the VUS and the VFW, which began in 1996, Chiến said that it helped further mutual understanding between the two peoples.
For his part, Harman affirmed that the VFW would continue its efforts to heal the pain of war and to address post-war consequences in Việt Nam.
The search for US servicemen who went missing in action during war as well as plans to hold the first Việt Nam-US veterans business forum scheduled for the end of this year were also discussed at the meeting.
From 1961-1971, US troops sprayed more than 80 million litres of herbicides - 44 million litres of which were AO - over southern Việt Nam. As a result, about 4.8 million Vietnamese were exposed to the toxic chemical.
Many of the victims have died, while millions of their descendants are living with deformities and diseases as a result of the chemical’s effects. – VNS