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US General Brooks visits Vietnam to increase ground force cooperation

Visiting General Vincent K. Brooks, the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Pacific, has discussed with his Vietnamese hosts measures to strengthen relations between the land forces of the two countries.

Visiting General Vincent K. Brooks, the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Pacific, has discussed with his Vietnamese hosts measures to strengthen relations between the land forces of the two countries.
Visiting General Vincent K. Brooks, the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Pacific, has discussed with his Vietnamese hosts measures to strengthen relations between the land forces of the two countries.

Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, received General Brooks on Monday afternoon when the U.S. general was in Hanoi for a working visit, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

At the reception, General Brooks briefed his host about the results of the previous meeting between him and Vo Van Tuan, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army.

At the meeting, the two sides discussed issues in association with strengthening relations between the two armies, in accordance with the spirit of the two countries’ bilateral comprehensive partnership, General Brooks said.

The host and guest also evaluated the outcomes of cooperation between the two countries’ ground forces based on the Memorandum of Understanding on advancing bilateral defense cooperation signed on September 19, 2011, the U.S. official said.

Both sides also discussed the orientation for cooperation in the future in such fields as humanitarian assistance, search and rescue, military medicine, and exchange of experience in the building of peacekeeping forces for the United Nations.

The Vietnam-U.S. comprehensive partnership that was established in July 2013 formed a basis on which the two countries can develop their bilateral defense ties to a new level, making them more practical and more effective, Senior Lieutenant General Ty told his guest yesterday.

Agreeing to the results of the meetings between the two sides during the visit of the U.S. general, the Vietnamese official suggested that the two countries further foster the exchange of visits at all levels and intensify cooperation in exchanging information, sharing experience in rescue and salvage operations at sea, English language training for Vietnamese military personnel, and overcoming war consequences.