Vietnam and the US hope to promote activities to find the remains of servicemen who died during the war in Vietnam.
This was discussed in a meeting between Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Minister of National Defence, and W. M. Winfield, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Affairs (POW/MIA) in Hanoi on May 20.
During the meeting, Deputy Minister Vinh said he believed that Winfield’s visit will help in the search for remains of the two countries’ soldiers that went missing during the war.
Over the past years, Vietnam has always discussed the search during bilateral meetings, considering it a deed that demonstrates the humanitarian policy, goodwill and cooperation of the Vietnamese Government and people, helping ease the pain of US families, whose members went missing during the war, he added.
He also proposed the US side continue to find more incentives to boost the search activities as well as join Vietnam to solve the consequences of the war, such as the disposal of bombs and mines, the detoxification of AO/dioxin in Vietnam and humanitarian support.
In response, Winfield appreciated the valuable and efficient support of the Vietnamese Government, people and veterans in the search and repatriation of the remains of American servicemen over the past 25 years.
He also hoped that the Vietnamese Government and people will continue creating favourable conditions for the US and the joint task force to investigate and look for remains in the Central region, Quang Binh province and some coastal areas in Vietnam.