Vietnam, EU strengthen defense ties

Deputy Defense Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh hosted a reception for Ambassador-Head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam Giorgio Aliberti in Hanoi on October 8.

Deputy Minister Vinh affirmed that Vietnam treasures its relationship with the EU, including defense ties, adding that the Vietnamese Defense Ministry wants to work closely with the EU Delegation in Vietnam to further promote defense ties between the two sides.

Vinh welcomed the visit by the Chairman of the EU Military Committee next year, and expressed his wish that EU will support Vietnam during the year Vietnam serves as Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2020.

The head of EU Delegation to Vietnam noted the positive development of the EU-Vietnam relationship, including in the field of defense. He said the EU hopes Vietnam will continue backing the EU's engagement in defense-security structures in Asia-Pacific, including the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM ).

The same day, Deputy Minister Vinh received the out-going and new Defense and Military Attaches, Naval Attaches and Air Attaches of the Thai Embassy in Vietnam.

Vinh told the guests that defense cooperation between Vietnam and Thailand has grown more effective over the recent past. He said the Vietnamese Defense Ministry appreciates the work of the Defense and Military Attache, Naval Attache and Air Attache of Thailand during the past tenure.

The Deputy Defense Minister pledged to create favorable for the new attaches to fulfill their duty.

He also asked Thailand to support Vietnam when Vietnam serves as Chair of the ASEAN in 2020.

Source: VOV5