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Vietnam returns remains of US soldier

Vietnam returns remains of US soldier

Thursday, June 27, 2024, 14:00 GMT+7
Vietnam returns remains of US soldier
The ceremony to repatriate the remains of an American MIA serviceman at Da Nang International Airport in the namesake central city on June 26, 2024. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam handed over the remains of an American serviceman who died during the war in the Southeast Asian country that ended in 1975 at a ceremony at Da Nang International Airport in the namesake central city on Wednesday.

The ceremony was attended by Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ha Kim Ngoc and representatives of the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Public Security, the Da Nang People’s Committee, the Vietnam Office for Seeking Missing Persons, U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Susan Burns, and leaders and employees of the U.S. MIA (Missing-In-Action) Office in Hanoi.

Deputy Minister Ngoc affirmed that Vietnam joined hands with the U.S. to look for the remains of American MIA soldiers as part of its policy to focus on humanitarianism and reconciliation in order to move toward the future.  

Representatives of the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense and the U.S. Department of Defense sign an agreement on the handover of the remains. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Representatives of the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense and the U.S. Department of Defense sign an agreement on the handover of the remains. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam greatly values U.S. cooperation in addressing the aftermath of the war, Ngoc added.

He said that war remediation was also part of the two countries' resolution to upgrade their relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership in September last year.

The official affirmed that the enhancement of cooperation in the field was the best way to heal the wounds of war and contribute to expanding collaboration in more sectors.

American soldiers receive the remains thought to belong to an American serviceman. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

American soldiers receive the remains of an American serviceman. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Susan Burns expressed her gratitude to the Vietnamese government and people for seeking and handing over the remains of American MIA servicemen.

She said the activity had helped boost the two nations’ relations.

The U.S. administration commits to continue its support for Vietnam as it keeps working toward remediation.

Many residents witness the handover ceremony. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Many residents witness the handover ceremony. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

The joint humanitarian operation to locate and identify American servicemen missing in the war in Vietnam has been conducted since 1973, two years before the end of the war.

To date, Vietnam has handed over the remains of more than 1,000 MIA American service members to the U.S..

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ha Kim Ngoc (L) and U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Susan Burns (C). Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ha Kim Ngoc (L) and U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Susan Burns (C). Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

The U.S.’ C17 aircraft at Da Nang International Airport. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

The C17 aircraft at Da Nang International Airport. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

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