First Vietnam-Laos defence policy exchange

VOV.VN - Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen Nguyen Chi Vinh and his Lao counterpart Lieut. Gen. Onsi Sensuk co-hosted the first Vietnam – Laos defence policy exchange in Vientiane, Laos on July 25.

Both sides compared notes on the regional and global security- political situation, and the cooperation process at the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) and ADMM Plus, reviewed the outcomes of defence collaboration and agreed upon measures to promote partnership in the time ahead.

They consented to review cooperation contents of the Protocol for the 2015-2019 period and the cooperation plan in 2019 between the two defence ministries, particularly Party and political work, coordination between border guards, information exchange, and personnel training.

Notably, the joint patrols and fight against trans-border crimes and illegal immigration has contributed to maintaining political security and social order and safety in border areas. 

The two defence officials pledged to effectively carry out the Protocol and the annual cooperation plan towards deepening bilateral defence links, including raising young generations’ awareness about the bilateral friendship and solidarity between the Vietnamese and Lao people and armies, as well as discussing strategic issues. 

They highlighted the annual deputy ministerial-level defence policy exchange as an important mechanism to reach a consensus on strategic issues and orientations for defence cooperation.

They also concurred to renew coordination between border guards such as search and rescue, drills against trans-border crimes, all-level border defence exchanges, foster twinning relationships among localities and border army units, support each other’s initiatives within multilateral mechanisms, especially ADMM and ADMM Plus. 

Later the same day, Vinh paid courtesy calls on Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisulith and Minister of National Defence Gen. Chansamone Chanyalath. 

The Lao leaders described defence cooperation as a significant pillar and special bonds in the traditional friendship, special solidarity and all-around cooperation between the two Parties, States, armies and people. 

They affirmed the Lao Government and defence ministry’s continued support for the promotion of ties between the two defence ministries and army units of both nations.