Vietnam, US enhance people-to-people exchanges

Ambassador Nguyen Tam Chien, President of the Vietnam-US Society hosted a reception in Hanoi on March 18 for a delegation from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US (VFW), who are on a Vietnam visit from March 15-23.

Chien briefed the delegation on Vietnam's current situation, its foreign policy, Vietnam-US relations, as well as activities conducted by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) and the Vietnam-US Society (VUS) in promoting people-to-people exchanges.

VFW Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief Hal Roesch said that the delegation's visit aims at studying the two countries' cooperation in the search for US servicemen who went missing in action (MIA) during the war in Vietnam,

At the reception, delegation members showed interest in economic collaboration between the two countries' organizations and veterans, as well as measures to tackle post-war consequences in Vietnam such as bombs and mines, unexploded ordnance, and Agent Orange.

Chien affirmed that the VUFO and VUS will create all favorable conditions for the delegation to help it have an effective visit to Vietnam.

VFW is a nonprofit veteran service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces. Established in 1899, the organization now has 1.7 million members with nearly 8,400 branches around the world.

The VFW set up relations with the VUS in 1994, and sends a delegation to Vietnam almost every year to learn about the country's situation and the bilateral relations, especially in the settlement of MIA-related issue.

Source: People's Army Newspaper