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Deputy Defence Minister wants more Vietnamese flags on world peacekeeping map

Valerie Mai Valerie Mai

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March 18, 2021 | 10:29

Deputy Minister of Defence, Sen. Lieut. Gen Nguyen Chi Vinh, has expressed a hope that Vietnam will continue to send peacekeeping forces to more areas and plant more Vietnamese flags on the world peacekeeping map.

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Deputy Minister of Defence, Sen. Lieut. Gen Nguyen Chi Vinh, has expressed a hope that Vietnam will continue to send peacekeeping forces to more areas and plant more Vietnamese flags on the world peacekeeping map. (Photo: VNA)

Speaking to the media, Vinh, who is also a member of the standing board of the Central Military Commission and head of the Defence Ministry’s Steering Committee on the UN Peacekeeping Mission, expressed his wish that Vietnam’s UN peacekeeping missions and Vietnamese peacekeeping forces will become more professional to protect national peace through participating in maintaining peace in the world.

Vietnamese officers in the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the UN Mission in the Central African Republic have fulfilled the tasks assigned to them by the Party and State, he said, adding that their knowledge, confidence, and capability have improved despite the difficulties, VOV cited.

In his opinion, the National Assembly adopting a resolution on Vietnam’s engagement in UN peacekeeping operations has provided a source of encouragement for involved officers, soldiers, and units and proved the country’s strong commitment to the long-term sustainability of UN peacekeeping activities.

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Deputy Minister of Defence, Sen. Lieut. Gen Nguyen Chi Vinh. (Photo: TG&VN)

Vietnam has been hailed by the international community for seriously and responsibly delivering on its international commitments, he said, adding that all Vietnamese officers involved in UN peacekeeping operations have performed their duties to the best of their ability and been recognized as fulfilling their duties, which is a rare accomplishment among countries joining UN peacekeeping activities, said Vietnam Plus.

The resolution on Vietnam’s engagement in UN peacekeeping operations was adopted by the 14th legislature at its 10th meeting and will take effect on July 1, 2021. Vietnam joined UN peacekeeping activities for the first time in 2014 when the Defence Ministry sent two officers to UNMISS.

Joining UN peacekeeping forces has promoted defense cooperation between Vietnam and other countries. Vietnam has signed nine memoranda of understanding on UN peacekeeping cooperation with partner countries like Australia, China, France, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, and the U.S. The forces' activities have contributed to improving the position and prestige of Vietnam in the region and in the international arena and this was a factor in the nation’s successful bid for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 term, VN Express reported.

In October 2018, for the first time, Vietnam sent a team of military doctors to work at the U.N. field hospital in South Sudan. The second such team left for South Sudan last October.

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Valerie Mai