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Immediate Release

Readout of Deputy Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan's Meeting with Vice President of the Vietnam National Assembly General Do Ba Ty

July 23, 2018

Charles E. Summers Jr., principal deputy assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, provided the following readout:
Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan met with General Do Ba Ty, vice president of the Vietnam National Assembly, today at the Pentagon to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Vietnam. 
The leaders discussed the regional security environment and highlighted historic progress in the U.S.-Vietnam partnership. They agreed to increase cooperation in the areas of maritime security, peacekeeping, military medicine, and cyber security. 
The two leaders agreed that a strong and comprehensive U.S.-Vietnam partnership, particularly in the area of defense cooperation, promotes regional and global security and economic development, including in the South China Sea. This partnership is based on mutual respect and common interests, particularly freedom of navigation, respect for international law, and recognition of national sovereignty.