On June 19-20, the United States hosted the fifth U.S.-Vietnam Dialogue on Maritime Issues and the Law of the Sea at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. Experts from U.S. and Vietnamese foreign affairs and maritime agencies exchanged views on a wide range of issues related to oceans, the law of the sea, and maritime cooperation at international and regional forums.
The delegations were led by Evan Bloom, Director for Ocean and Polar Affairs in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and Director General Nguyen Dang Thang of Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The United States and Vietnam supported deepening U.S.-Vietnam dialogue on these issues in future meetings. Vietnam plans to host the next round in 2019.