Defense Cooperation - One of Pillars in Vietnam-France Relations
Vietnam always attaches importance to developing relations with France, with defense cooperation acting as one of the important pillars in bilateral strategic partnership, Defense Minister Phan Van Giang told newly-accredited French Ambassador to Vietnam Oliver Brochet in Hanoi on November 23, VOV reported.
Giang said defense cooperation between the two countries has been promoted in accordance with the agreement on Vietnam - France defense cooperation and the Joint Vision Statement on Vietnam - France defense relations for 2018 - 2028, yielding positive results in such areas as visit exchanges, organization of the strategic dialogue, military training, UN peacekeeping, and military medicine, as well as coordination and mutual support within the framework of multilateral forums.
The year 2023 has a particularly important meaning when the two countries celebrate 50 years of establishing diplomatic relations and 10 years of strategic partnership. Up to now, the relationship between the two countries has been increasingly consolidated, developed, deepened, effective, and substantive in many fields, in both bilateral and multilateral frameworks.
|At the meeting. Photo: PANO
He proposed that the two sides continue to strengthen effective cooperation, focusing on increasing visit exchanges; completing legislation for cooperation; training; and effectively deploying signed cooperation agreements on military medicine, hydrograph, and UN peacekeeping.
He also underlined the need to strengthen cooperation in overcoming war aftermath, as well as in new fields where both sides have potential and needs, while actively supporting each other at multilateral forums.
The minister hoped that the Ambassador would make important contributions to further promoting Vietnam - France cooperation in all fields, including defense.
Ambassador Brochet highly appreciated Vietnam’s increasing role globally, especially in ASEAN.
He recalled the recent phone talks between Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and French President Emmanuel Macron who expressed their desire to boost mutually beneficial cooperation for peace, cooperation and development in the region and the wider world in the new period.
The ambassador said France, an important EU member, would work closely alongside other EU members to strengthen cooperation with ASEAN members, including Vietnam.
France is ready to provide French language training for Vietnamese officers engaging in United Nations peacekeeping operations in French-speaking countries, he assured his host.
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