Vietnam Seeks to Strengthen Defense, Security Ties with US, UN

A delegation of the National Assembly’s Committee for National Defense and Security paid a working visit to the United States and the United Nations from July 26 to 30.

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Vietnam Seeks to Strengthen Defense, Security Ties with US, UN
Officials at the meeting between the Vietnamese delegation and the US House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee. Photo: VNA

The delegation, led by Chairman of the committee Maj. Gen. Le Tan Toi, held talks with Chairman Adam Smith and Ranking Member Mike Rogers of the US House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee.

The Vietnamese lawmakers also met with Congressman Joaquin Castro, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on ASEAN and member of the US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Senator Tammy Duckworth, member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services; Senator Bill Hagerty, member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Committee on Appropriations; Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security John Tien; Assistant Secretary of State Jessica Lewis; and Assistant Secretary of Defense Ely Ratner.

The delegation had meetings with the assistants to President Pro Tempore of the Senate and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Jack Reed, and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee Jim Inhofe.

Speaking at the events, Toi affirmed that Vietnam consistently views the US as a leading partner and highly values the US’s support for an independent and prosperous Vietnam.

Vietnam always wishes to develop the comprehensive partnership with the US in an increasingly substantive, stable, and long-term manner on the basis of respect for each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political regimes, cited VNA.

The US officials said the Southeast Asian nation is an important partner of their country, and that the US parliament strongly supports the two countries’ relations and hopes bilateral ties will record new strides.

They pledged to continue supporting Vietnam’s economic development and enhance defense and security cooperation, with a focus on helping Vietnam address war consequences, including environmental remediation of dioxin contamination and unexploded ordnance clearance, assist the disabled, search for Vietnamese soldiers’ remains, and improve maritime capacity.

The US side also expressed their readiness to assist Vietnam in UN peacekeeping operations and other fields that suit both sides’ conditions and demand.

Vietnam Seeks to Strengthen Defense, Security Ties with US, UN
Chairman of the NA’s Committee for National Defense and Security Maj. Gen. Le Tan Toi (L) and UN Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support Atul Khare. Photo: VNA

The Vietnamese and US officials also discussed a score of measures for further reinforcing parliamentary ties, shared information and experience in legislative and supervisory activities and transnational crime fight, and exchanged views on international and regional issues of shared concern.

At the meeting with UN Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support Atul Khare, Toi thanked his host and the UN for actively assisting Vietnam to engage in UN peacekeeping operations and improve the country’s stature and capacity in the settlement of international affairs, reported VOV.

He called on the UN and the Under-Secretary-General to continue helping Vietnam contribute more to the UN’s noble goal of resolving conflicts and maintaining peace and stability for all people around the world.

The official asked the UN to create conditions for Vietnam to further take part in peacekeeping operations, help with training for Vietnamese forces, and pay attention to compensation for Vietnam’s contributions and losses when performing peacekeeping duties. He also suggested stronger trilateral cooperation and that the UN consider organizing training courses for countries’ peacekeeping forces in Vietnam.

For his part, Khare was appreciative of Vietnam’s active support, participation and contributions to UN peacekeeping operations, affirming continued assistance for the country in training.

He said he hopes that Vietnam will share its experience in training peacekeeping personnel with other countries, especially those in its region.

Rosie Nguyen