Defence Minister hosts his counterparts from Laos, Australia

VOV.VN - Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich, Politburo member, Vice Secretary of the Central Military Commission and Minister of National Defence on February 18 hosted separate receptions for his counterparts from Laos and Australia on the sidelines of the ongoing ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Retreat in Hanoi.

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 Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich, Politburo member, Vice Secretary of the Central Military Commission and Minister of National Defence (R) receives Chansamone Chanyalath, Politburo member of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and Minister of National Defence of Laos.
Receiving Chansamone Chanyalath, Politburo member of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and Minister of National Defence of Laos, Defence Minister Lich underlined the importance of the ADMM Retreat as it serves to outline orientations for military defence cooperation for 10 ASEAN member states during Vietnam’s ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020 and the following years.

Vietnam wants Laos and other ASEAN members to continue strengthening their military-defence cooperation mechanisms, building a cohesive ASEAN Community able to actively adapt to external influences in line with the spirit of the defence cooperation theme “Defence Cooperation for an ASEAN of cohesion and proactive adaptation.”

Minister Chansamone Chanyalath highly appreciated preparations regarding security, safety, medical preparedness and others for the ADMM Retreat made by the Vietnam Ministry of National Defence as well as military-defence activities during the year Vietnam assumes its role as Chairman of ASEAN 2020.

The Lao guest expressed his confidence that with Vietnam’s role as ASEAN Chair in 2020, ADMM and ADMM+ cooperation mechanisms will continue to affirm their important role in the regional security structure.

At the meeting, the two Ministers also highlighted Vietnam - Laos defence cooperation as one of the important pillars in the relationship between the two countries.

The two sides agreed to closely coordinate in directing their competent agencies and units to fully and effectively implement the contents as defined in the Protocol for the 2020-2024 period and the early plan for cooperation.

On the occasion, Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich, Politburo member, Vice Secretary of the Central Military Commission and Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Vietnamese President,  presented the first-class Independence Order to Gen. Chansamone Chanyalath, Politburo member of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and Minister of National Defence of Laos.

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Meanwhile, representing the Lao President, Chanyalath presented the first-class Issara (Freedom) Order to the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) and other orders to leaders of the Vietnamese defence ministry and its subordinate agencies, along with the VPA’s General Staff and General Department of Politics.

In his speech, Lich said the first-class Independence Order for Gen. Chanyalath is the Vietnamese Party, State, Defence Ministry and people’s recognition of his remarkable contributions to the great friendship, special solidarity and all-around cooperation between the two nations.

He also stated his appreciation for the Lao Party and State’s noble rewards for the VPA’s collectives and individuals. He expressed his confidence that the countries will continue working together to nurture the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States, peoples and armies.

At the ceremony, Gen. Chanyalath affirmed that the Party, Government, army and people of Vietnam have always given great assistance to Laos, and their cooperation achievements have greatly helped to bolster bilateral ties.

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Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich, Politburo member, Vice Secretary of the Central Military Commission and Minister of National Defence (R) welcomes Senator and Minister for Defence of Australia Linda Reynolds

Meeting with Senator and Minister for Defence of Australia Linda Reynolds, the two defence ministers were appreciative of the recent developments in bilateral relations over the past time, saying that Vietnam - Australia defence cooperation has continued to be effectively implemented in the spirit of signed documents and agreements.

The Australian Minister praised the Vietnam Ministry of National Defence for organizing an Informal Meeting between ASEAN-Australia Defence Ministers, thereby showing Vietnam's support for Australia's strengthened defence cooperation with the regional bloc.

Regarding Vietnam's preparations in the ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020, the Australian defence official believed that Vietnam Ministry of National Defencee will successful organize ASEAN defence conferences and activities during 2020, as well as sideline activities such as the International Conference on the role of women in UN peacekeeping operations, the first International Defence Exhibition in Vietnam.

The Australian Minister also voiced her best possible support for activities hosted by Vietnam, adding that Australia would continue to assist Vietnam in improving foreign language skills and transporting the forces of the 2nd level field hospital, thereby contributing to helping Vietnam fulfill its duties and show its role and responsibilities for the international community.

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