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Release No: 615-13
August 28, 2013

Readout of Secretary Hagel's Meeting with Vietnamese Minister of National Defense General Phung Quang Thanh

           Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:

           “Secretary Hagel hosted his Vietnamese counterpart, Minister of National Defense Gen. Phung Quang Thanh for a bilateral meeting while attending the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus ministerial in Brunei.

           Secretary Hagel expressed his commitment to growing the bilateral defense relationship and working on issues such as maritime security, humanitarian disaster relief, and recovering the remains of U.S. personnel missing in action.

           Secretary Hagel conveyed his commitment to continuing to implement the 2011 Memorandum of Understanding for Advancing Bilateral Defense Cooperation.

           On regional security, the leaders both noted the importance of peaceful dispute resolutions in the South China Sea and welcomed steps to develop a ASEAN Code of Conduct.

           The secretary was honored to receive and accept an invitation from Gen. Thanh to visit Vietnam next year.”