Deputy Minister Chien used the occasion to thank the Singaporean Ministry of National Defence for their support for military and defence activities, along with conferences within ASEAN 2020 when the nation served as ASEAN Chair.
In response, Secretary Kee congratulated the Vietnamese side on its successful assumption of the ASEAN Chairmanship last year.
Both sides share the view that despite complex developments relating to COVID-19, bilateral defence ties have been implemented in a flexible manner and have reaped plenty of major achievements.
Both countries have maintained the operation of the Joint Working Group on Defence Cooperation and the defence policy dialogue, along with personnel training, while closely co-ordinating in multilateral mechanisms and events.
They consented to continue co-operation in delegation exchange, personnel training, mutual consultancy, and support at ASEAN military-defence activities, whilst also maintaining ASEAN’s stance on regional and international security issues.
Deputy Minister Chien therefore suggested that the Singaporean Defence Ministry help its Vietnamese counterpart with accessing COVID-19 vaccines, treatment drugs, and other medical supplies to serve in pandemic combat.
The two sides compared notes on regional and international security issues, along with other matters of shared concern, including the East Sea issue, and pledged to make more efforts to contribute to promoting ASEAN’s centrality in the regional security architecture. This is along with enhancing dialogues and co-operation to contribute to peace and stability in the region and the world as a whole.