Vietnam, Belgium enhance defence ties

(VOV) - A Vietnamese delegation from the National Assembly (NA) Committee for National Defence and Security led by its Chairman Nguyen Kim Khoa paid a working visit to Belgium from September 29-October 2.

At an October 1 meeting with Chairman of the Belgian Chamber of Representative’s Defence Committee Filip De Man in Brussels,  Khoa said Vietnam is keen to learn from Belgium’s experience in international security activities.

Khoa informed his host of the challenges the Vietnamese army is facing in the protection of national territorial integrity.

He also asked Belgium to support Vietnam’s stance on multilateral issues, especially those related to security and the East Sea.

De Man briefed Khoa on the Belgian army’s operations and the role of the defence committee in building the force’s action programmes in foreign countries.

At separate meetings with the Belgian Central Committee for Counter-terrorism and special units of the Ministry of the Interior, the Vietnamese delegation learnt about the organisation and deployment of fire-fighting and anti-terrorism forces in Belgium as well as in Europe.

Belgium pledged further cooperation with Vietnam in public security and defence.

Meeting with representatives from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) earlier, the Vietnamese asked them to hold a defence and security dialogue with Vietnam.