A U.S. warship is likely to dock at Vietnam's port this year, spokesman of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday.
During a recent visit to Vietnam by U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the two sides "discussed the possibility of a U.S. warship touring Vietnam some time this year," spokesman Le Dung said at a regular press briefing, not revealing the time-frame for the visit.
During the three-day visit by Rumsfeld ending on June 6, the two sides "agreed to keep on exchanging military delegations of different levels, cooperating on bomb and mine clearance," military medical services, and detoxification of chemical poisons left from the Vietnam War in some localities, and provision of information about Vietnamese and U.S. soldiers missing in action, he noted.
The U.S. Navy ship USS Gary arrived in Vietnam's southern Ho Chi Minh City in March 2005, becoming the third US warship to visit the country since the Vietnam War ended in 1975.
Between late July and early August 2004, the U.S. warship USS Curtis paid a visit to central Da Nang city. In November 2003, the U.S. frigate USS Vandegrift docked at the Saigon Port in Ho Chi Minh City, becoming the first U.S. navy ship to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.