First images as US Secretary of Defense arrives in Hanoi

VOV.VN - US Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrived at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport on the afternoon of January 24 for a Vietnam visit at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart General Ngo Xuan Lich.

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis offered incense during his visit to Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi on the morning of January 25 as part of his two-day visit to Vietnam.

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and US Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink show respect as they offer incense at Tran Quoc Pagoda.

Visiting the ancient pagoda provides Mr Mattis with the opportunity to better understand Vietnam’s culture.

Mr Mattis shows a keen interest in the architecture inside the pagoda.

Immediately after his arrival on January 24, the US Secretary of Defense was accompanied by the US Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink for a visit to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Office, who carries out the recovery of American servicemen missing in action (MIA) during the war in Vietnam.

Mr Mattis met with the head of the Office, signing the guestbook and visiting a showroom displaying war memorabilia before posing for a photo with Office staff.

Since 1985, the remains of hundreds of missing US soldiers have been recovered in a joint effort by the DPPA and the Vietnam Office for Seeking Missing Persons (VNOSMP). On December 13, 2017, the DPAA and the VNOSMP jointly held the 142nd hand-over of the remains of missing American servicemen at Noi Bai International Airport.

Mr Mattis took time to speak with the DPAA Office representatives

The US Secretary of Defense is currently on a two-day visit to Vietnam over January 24-25 as part of his week-long Asia visit.

Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich is due to host a welcoming ceremony for the top leader of the US Department of Defense on the afternoon of January 25. This is the third meeting between the two military leaders since their initial encounter in Washington D.C in mid-2017.

Mr Mattis’s visit aims to promote a relationship of friendship and trust between the two countries’ people and armed forces thereby contributing to a stronger Vietnam-US Comprehensive Partnership.