US navy commander visits Vietnam

(VOV) - Deputy Minister of Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh received Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, Commander of the US Pacific Command, in Hanoi on December 9.

Vinh noted the US Pacific Command plays an important role in the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership and the two countries’ armies in particular.

He said the admiral’s visit will help strengthen friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding between the two armies.

Admiral Locklear said both sides need to strengthen cooperation in the areas of mutual concern such as overcoming war aftermath, the search for US personnel missing in action (MIA), as well as coordination at multilateral forums.

The US Pacific Command is willing to expand cooperation with Vietnam as agreed at the Vietnam-US defence policy dialogue in Washington DC in October 2013, said Locklear.

The same day, Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, held talks with the US commander, reviewing defence cooperation between Vietnam and the US in recent times.