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Vietnam asks US to lift ban on weapon sale

Publication Date : 05-06-2012


Vietnam and the United States need to strive more in trust-building process and elevation of bilateral ties, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told US Defence Secretary Leon Edward Panetta in Hanoi yesterday.

To achieve the goal, the US government should totally lift the ban on selling weapons to Vietnam and work better in resolving war consequences, the premier said.

He also appreciated positive development in the Vietnam-US ties since the two countries normalised diplomatic relation in 1995.

Dung said that Vietnam always reckoned the US as a leading partner of great importance, and hoped the US - as an Asia Pacific power - would actively contribute to maintain peace, security, stability, co-operation and development in the region.

The Vietnam premier also said his country wanted, together with the US, to elevate bilateral ties, particularly in terms of economics, trade, investment, science, technology, education and training.

The country also expected to boost co-operation with the US in regional and global concerns, including anti-terrorism, trans-national crimes, non-proliferation of mass destruction weapons and the fight against climate change.

In return, Panetta said the US Government attached importance in boosting ties with Vietnam under its Asia-Pacific policy.

He also expressed his wish to expand cooperation between the two countries on various aspects, especially in security and defence.

Panetta, who ended his two-day visit to Vietnam yesterday, said he hoped the two nations would actively enact the Memorandum of Understanding on defense co-opnration signed by the two defense ministries last year.

The US government also wanted the two sides to elevate the bilateral ties for the mutual benefit, he said.

Also yesterday, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held talks with Panetta. The two sides discussed matters of mutual and regional concerns.

The guest introduced the US new defence strategies with a focus on enhancing co-operation with Asia Pacific and Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam.

The two sides also affirmed to broaden co-operation on matters such as safety and security in the East Sea and water conservation and sustainable development of the Mekong River.

During talks with Panetta, Vietnam's Defence Minister Phung Quang Thanh said his counterpart's visit would contribute to promoting friendly relations between the two countries. Panetta expressed his conviction that his visit to the country would be a success.

The two ministers agreed to establish a regular dialogue mechanism between the two ministries, co-operate in search and marine rescue efforts, disaster relief and security and maritime safety, exchange visits between the two armies and information sharing on Vietnamese and US soldiers still missing in action and other issues of mutual concern.

The two sides agreed that the relationship between Vietnamese and US defence ministries would not be detrimental to the security of neighbouring countries.


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