Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Andrew J. Shapiro and Standing Vice Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh met June 8 in Hanoi, Vietnam, to discuss bilateral and regional security issues, reflecting on the ever-increasing cooperation between the United States and Vietnam. Coming on the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam, the talks marked the third U.S.-Vietnam Political, Security, and Defense Dialogue, and built on the success of the second Dialogue that was held in Washington D.C., in June 2009.
The 2010 U.S.-Vietnam Political, Security, and Defense Dialogue confirmed the increasingly robust bilateral relationship between the United States and Vietnam based on friendship, mutual respect, and a shared commitment to ensuring a peaceful, stable, and secure Asia-Pacific region. The United States and Vietnam affirmed that cooperation with respect to international and regional security challenges is a natural evolution of our maturing political, economic, cultural, and social ties.
The participants in the 2010 U.S.-Vietnam Political, Security, and Defense Dialogue addressed multiple areas in which the two nations already cooperate and areas where they can further strengthen bilateral relations. Talks focused on enhancing bilateral cooperation in the areas of regional security, peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, maritime security, search and rescue, nonproliferation, counternarcotics, transnational crimes, U.S. naval ship visits to Vietnam, and other areas of mutual interest. The participants, including representatives from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and U.S. Pacific Command, also discussed ways to further cooperation in clearing unexploded ordnance, accounting for those missing in action from the Vietnam War, and addressing issues related to Agent Orange.