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Readout of Secretary Mattis' Meeting With Vietnamese Minister of National Defense Lich

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with Vietnamese Minister of National Defense Ngo Xuan Lich to discuss the growing U.S.-Vietnam defense relationship and regional security challenges. 

The Secretary and the Minister of National Defense agreed on actions to deepen defense cooperation, including hosting the first visit by a U.S. aircraft carrier to Vietnam next year, expanding naval cooperation, and increasing information-sharing. The Secretary highlighted the robust level of peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance, and Coast Guard cooperation, including the recent transfer of a former U.S. Coast Guard cutter to improve Vietnam's maritime law enforcement capabilities. 

The two leaders agreed a strong U.S.-Vietnam defense relationship promotes regional and global security. This relationship is based on mutual respect and common interests, including the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and globally; respect for international law; and recognition of national sovereignty. The Secretary welcomed Vietnam's engagement and growing leadership in the Asia-Pacific region.

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