Many countries want to boost defence cooperation with Vietnam

(VOV) - Many countries expressed their desire to bolster defence cooperation with Vietnam during bilateral meetings on the sidelines of Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore from May 30 to June 1.

Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh held separate meetings with his counterparts from New Zealand, Singapore, the US , France, Japan  and Australia.

Thanh said during the meetings, Vietnamese defence leaders openly shared information about the ongoing East Sea situation with foreign military officials. 

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Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh meets French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian 

Other issues discussed included matters related to support of English language training for Vietnamese officers and sea police cooperation with Japan and the US, Thanh said.

Countries also expressed a sincere appreciation of the Vietnam People’s Army for their active international integration and responsibility for bilateral and multilateral cooperation in line with mechanisms of the ASEAN Defence Ministerial Meeting (ADMM) and ADMM.

At the regional security forum, Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieut.Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh, also held separate working sessions with Russian counterpart Anatoly Antonov, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Wang Guanzhong and Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey.