U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink welcomes Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Photo: US Embassy in Vietnam
US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink accompanied Secretary Mattis throughout his visit. “Secretary Mattis’ visit demonstrates continued US support for a strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam that contributes to international security. It also shows our commitment to addressing war legacies, which serves as the bedrock of the US-Vietnam bilateral defense partnership,” Ambassador Kritenbrink said.
“I strongly believe that as we continue to address these legacies, we can expand our work together for the mutual benefit of both our peoples and the world,” the ambassador said.
United States Agency for International Development, together with the Ministry of National Defense, completed a successful five-year, US$110 million effort to clean dioxin contaminated soil at Danang International Airport earlier this year. The subsequent dioxin remediation project at Bien Hoa Airbase exemplifies the persistent steps both countries continue to make to jointly resolve war legacies, while deepening a strong partnership through security, economic, and cultural cooperation.
During his visit, Secretary Mattis also met with Vietnam’s Defense Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich and the Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City’s Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan.