Vietnam, Singapore hold 11th defence policy dialogue

VOV.VN - Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh and Permanent Secretary of Defence of Singapore Chan Heng Kee co-chaired the 11th Vietnam – Singapore defence policy dialogue in the island state on November 6.

Regarding regional and global issues, they underscored the importance of maintaining security, maritime and aviation freedom, settling disputes by peaceful means in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and regional commitments.

In the current context, ASEAN, including ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) and ADMM Plus, plays an increasingly important role in maintaining regional peace, stability and cooperation.

On bilateral defence ties, they shared the view that joint work has still been maintained via online discussions. Amid the complicated developments of COVID-19 pandemic, they called for a flexible and creative approach to maintaining and organising existing dialogue mechanisms, especially the deputy ministerial-level defence policy dialogue, and sharing of professional experience in military medicine, search and rescue, training and naval force.

The two sides concurred to sign a bilateral defence cooperation agreement in replace of that signed in 2009 and assigned units concerned to arrange it. 

During his courtesy call to Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen the same day, Vinh thanked the Singaporean Defence Ministry and the Minister for supporting Vietnam in taking on the role of ASEAN Chair 2020. He expressed wish to further promote substantial defence ties with Singapore for the sake of peace, stability and development in the region.

Ng Eng Hen, for his part, said Vietnam is the first ASEAN nation to dispatch a high-level defence delegation to Singapore since the COVID-19 broke out, adding that the success of the defence policy dialogue will make practical contributions to fostering relations between the two nations and armies.

There remains plenty of room for both sides to further boost bilateral defence ties, he said while underlining the need to consider cooperation areas that meet demand of each side.

The Singaporean Defence Ministry will continue working closely with and support Vietnam in fulfilling the role of ASEAN Chair 2020, he added.