Vietnam, Canada to intensify defence cooperation

Tuesday, 2018-06-05 18:01:21
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Vietnamese Minister of National Defence Ngo Xuan Lich (R) welcomes his Canadian counterpart Harjit Singh Sajjan in Hanoi on June 5 (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – Vietnamese Minister of National Defence Ngo Xuan Lich hosted an official welcome ceremony for and held talks with his Canadian counterpart Harjit Singh Sajjan in Hanoi on June 5.

At the talks, the two sides exchanged their views on global and regional issues of shared concern, reviewed their bilateral defence cooperation over the past years, and discussed the orientations and measures to bolster their defence ties in the future.

They focused on various potential cooperation fields such as training, participation in United Nations peacekeeping activities, marine security, defence industry, and military medicine.

The Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence welcomes Canada’s continued support for the Southeast Asian nation in training and engaging in UN peacekeeping activities, Minister Lich said.

At the end of the talks, the two ministers witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the Military Training and Cooperation Programme of Canada. This memorandum is expected to help Vietnamese officers to have more chances to take part in diverse training courses in Canada.

It is considered an important development in the bilateral defence relations, creating favourable conditions for both sides to promote other potential cooperation areas.

Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan is paying an official visit to Vietnam from June 4 to 6.

The trip is significant in terms of the friendship between the Governments, armies and people of the two countries, as well as the growth of their defence ties in line with the newly established Vietnam-Canada comprehensive partnership. It is also a practical contribution to the 45th founding anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations (August 21, 1973).