A high-ranking delegation of the U.S. Army, led by Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, arrived in Vietnam on Wednesday for a four-day visit, the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense said the same day.
The visit at the invitation of Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army and Deputy Minister of Defense, is aimed at strengthening the friendly relationship between the two countries’ armies and peoples.
General Dempsey’s visit was made in return for another to the U.S. by Senior Lieutenant General Ty in June 2013.
An official reception for General Dempsey and his entourage will be conducted today, August 14, at the headquarters of the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense.
After the ceremony, Senior Lieutenant General Ty and General Dempsey will have a talk, during which they will review the bilateral relations between the two countries in general and the defense relation in particular.
The two sides will evaluate the performance in defense cooperation in the past time and discuss orientations for cooperation in the coming time, the ministry said.
The host and guest will focus on such fields as dealing with war consequences, search and rescue activities, disaster relief, human resources training, and marine law enforcement.
During his stay in Vietnam, General Dempsey will also have meetings with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Minister of Defense General Phung Quang Thanh.