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First U.S. aircraft carrier expected to visit Vietnam in March

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First U.S. aircraft carrier expected to visit Vietnam in March

The Saigon Times Daily

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong (R) greets U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defense and the U.S. Department of Defense have asked their top leaders to approve the first visit to Vietnam by a U.S. aircraft carrier, which is expected to take place in March this year, said a news report by Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper.

The report said a U.S. aircraft carrier could be visiting Danang City on the central coast.

The news comes after U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis paid a two-day visit to Vietnam which ended yesterday.

Minister of National Defense Ngo Xuan Lich and Secretary of Defense Mattis held talks in Hanoi yesterday to deepen friendship ties between the two peoples and armies, and thus contribute to implementing the comprehensive partnership between the nations.

Speaking at his meeting with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi yesterday, Mattis said the U.S. wants stronger multi-faceted cooperation with Vietnam.

He spoke highly of Vietnam’s socio-economic development achievements and its increasing position and role in the region and the world, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

Party chief Trong appreciated the outcome of Mattis’s talks with the Vietnamese Defense Minister, and expressed his satisfaction with positive development in bilateral comprehensive cooperation.

He affirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy of attaching importance to the bilateral comprehensive partnership for the long-term interests of the two peoples and for peace, stability and development in the region and the world.

He said the Vietnam visit by Mattis would help speed up the implementation of the signed agreements between the two countries.

Both sides should continue efforts to address war consequences, including bomb and mine clearance, environmental detoxification, and search for servicemen listed as missing in action, as well as strengthen mutual trust and understanding to further develop bilateral ties, said the Party chief.

Mattis also met with State President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi.

This is the sixth Vietnam visit by a U.S. Secretary of Defense since the two nations normalized ties in 1995.  And this is the first trip to Vietnam by James Mattis in his capacity as defense secretary.

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