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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary Mattis' Meeting with Vietnam Minister of National Defense Ngo Xuan Lich

Secretary of Defense Spokesperson CAPT Jeff Davis provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with Vietnam Minister of National Defense Ngo Xuan Lich on the sidelines of the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ 17th Asia Security Summit, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, in Singapore on June 1. 

This was the fourth meeting between the two leaders since August 2017.

Secretary Mattis and Minister Lich discussed the regional security environment and highlighted historic progress in the defense relationship since their last meeting, including the first post-war visit by a U.S. aircraft carrier to Vietnam in March 2018.  

They also reviewed progress on efforts to enhance the defense partnership, with a focus on increasing cooperation on maritime security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and peacekeeping operations, while continuing to address legacy of war issues.  

Secretary Mattis affirmed his support for a strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam and its leadership role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 

The two leaders agreed that a strong U.S.-Vietnam defense relationship promotes regional and global security, including in the South China Sea.  

This relationship is based on mutual respect and common interests, including freedom of navigation, upholding for international law, and respect for national sovereignty and territorial integrity.