Top US military general arrives in Vietnam for defence talks

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday received General Martin Dempsey, the first US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to visit Viet Nam.


Martin Dempsey

PM Nguyen Tan Dung (right) receives US General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on his official visit to Viet Nam.

The top-ranking American military officer was on a four-day official visit at the invitation of Gen. Do Ba Ty, Chief of General Staff of the Viet Nam People's Army.

At the meeting, PM Dung said Viet Nam wanted to further cooperate with the US in all areas, including security and defence for the benefit of both nations and for enhancing security and stability in the region and the world.

Dung noted that in defence cooperation, Viet Nam particularly wanted to work with the US in dealing with the issue of Agent Orange/Dioxin, exploded ordnances, English training for Vietnamese armies, and lifting the embargo on the sale of lethal weapons to Viet Nam.

Dempsey said that his visit showed a major commitment from the US in wanting to be a partner with Viet Nam and ensuring peace and security in the region.

Dempsey said peace, security, stability, navigation and air freedom are critical issues in the Asia-Pacific region and aggressive actions of one country could threaten Viet Nam, other ASEAN nations and also benefits of other countries, including the US.

He called on all countries to respect international law and refrain from using weapons and engaging in military actions in the region.

He said that the US would find a way to lift the embargo on the sale of lethal weapons to Viet Nam as an increased number of people in the US Government and senators had shown their support for this.

Vietnam, US armies to step up cooperation


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Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army, Sen. Lieut. Gen. Do Ba Ty shakes hands with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Army, Gen. Martin Dempsey in a welcoming ceremony in Ha Noi on August 14.


The Vietnamese and US armies will boost cooperation in overcoming war consequences, search and rescue, disaster relief, training and law enforcement at sea.

This was the result of talks held in Ha Noi on August 14 between the Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army, Sen. Lieut. Gen. Do Ba Ty, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Army, Gen. Martin Dempsey.

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Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army, Sen. Lieut. Gen. Do Ba Ty and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Army, Gen. Martin Dempsey review the guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony in Ha Noi on August 14.


Sen. Lieut. Gen. Ty described Gen. Dempsey's visit as a great contribution to the development of the friendship and cooperation between the two armies, in line with the two countries' comprehensive partnership.

He expressed his wish that the two sides will continuously intensify their collaboration for peace and stability in the region and the world at large.

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The two sides review the outcomes of bilateral defence cooperation on the basis of a memorandum of understanding on promoting bilateral defence ties.


For his part, Gen. Dempsey said he is pleased to visit Vietnam for the first time as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

At the talks, the two sides also reviewed the outcomes of bilateral defence cooperation on the basis of a memorandum of understanding on promoting bilateral defence ties.

During his stay in Vietnam , the US army official will pay courtesy visits to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Minister of National Defence Phung Quang Thanh. He will also visit the US-funded Project on Environmental Remediation of Dioxin Contamination in the central city of Da Nang.

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