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Vietnam – US comprehensive partnership growing: Foreign Ministry

 Vice Foreign Ministry Spokesman Doan Khac Viet has said the Vietnam – US comprehensive partnership has been growing in diverse areas over the past years, including in national defence-security.

Viet made the statement at the ministry's regular press conference in Hanoi on May 28, in reply to reporters’ queries regarding the US’s upcoming hand-over of a large-scale patrol vessel to Vietnam.

Based on agreements reached by both sides, including the 2011 Memorandum of Understanding for Advancing Bilateral Defence Cooperation, the 2015 Joint Vision Statement on Defence Relations and the Plan of Action for Defence Cooperation for 2018 – 2020, the two countries are promoting bilateral defence ties, including in maritime security and improvement of legal enforcement capacity at sea, contributing to maintaining peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world, he said./.