Vietnam, U.S. Sign Joint Vision Statement

Ash Carter and General Phung Quang Thanh

Ash Carter and General Phung Quang Thanh

The U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Vietnamese Defense Minister General Phung Quang Thanh, signed a joint vision statement after meeting at the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense in Hanoi, Vietnam on Monday, June 1.

Carter is on a 10-day trip to the Asia-Pacific to meet with partner nations and affirm U.S. commitment to the region.

Ash Carter and General Phung Quang Thanh

Ash Carter and General Phung Quang Thanh

Carter returned several war artifacts, including a diary from a Vietnamese soldier, to Vietnamese Defense Minister. It was the latest in a series of exchanges designed to heal the wounds of war and strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and Vietnam.

DoD photos by Glenn Fawcett

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