Australian Governor-General hails Vietnamese peacekeepers' contributions

Australian Governor-General David Hurley praised the Vietnamese blue beret force’s contributions and stressed the meaning of the Vietnam-Australia cooperation in the UN's peacekeeping mission when he and President Vo Van Thuong visited the headquarters of the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations in Hanoi on April 4.

Hurley, in Hanoi for a State visit, affirmed that Australia wishes to continue to work closely with and support Vietnam in this field.

President Thuong shared the Australian Governor-General's view on the significance of the two countries’ cooperation in UN peacekeeping activities, which contributes not only to strengthening their bilateral cooperation but also to world peace.

He thanked the Australian Government and wished to receive more assistance from the country for Vietnam’s peacekeeping activities in the time to come.

Talking to officers who earlier served in Level-2 Field Hospital in South Sudan, Hurley said the dispatch of forces to such a difficult location reflects Vietnam's efforts in participating in the mission.

Australia was one of the first countries to sign with Vietnam a memorandum of understanding on peacekeeping cooperation in 2015. This laid a basis for practical and effective joint work between the two in the field, including English language training, as well as material and equipment support.

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