Joint Statement
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 8, 2009

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Greg Delawie and H.E. Mr. Pham Binh Minh, Standing Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, met in Washington, D.C., on June 8, 2009 to discuss bilateral and regional security issues, reflecting the increasingly close relationship between the United States and Vietnam. The talks marked the second U.S.-Vietnam Political, Security and Defense Dialogue and built upon the success of the inaugural Dialogue in Hanoi held in 2008.

The 2009 U.S.-Vietnam Political, Security and Defense Dialogue confirmed the increasingly robust bilateral relationship between the United States and Vietnam based on friendship, mutual respect, candor, and shared commitments to ensure a peaceful, stable, and secure Asia-Pacific region. The United States and Vietnam affirmed that cooperation with respect to international and regional security challenges is a natural byproduct of our growing political, economic, cultural, and social ties and helps to guarantee our economic prosperity.

The participants in the 2009 Political, Security and Defense Dialogue addressed multiple areas in which the two nations can further strengthen the bilateral relationship. The Dialogue also focused on peacekeeping operations and training, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, maritime security, counterterrorism and counternarcotics cooperation, border security, nonproliferation, and exchanges of high-level visits. The participants also discussed ways to increase understanding between the two militaries.

The U.S.-Vietnam Political, Security, and Defense Dialogue is a regular dialogue on security issues of mutual and regional interest, held on an annual basis, and aimed at deepening our bilateral relationship.

PRN: 2009/564