Vietnam, Cambodia step up defence links

VOV.VN - Deputy Minister of Defence, Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh had a meeting with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen. Tea Banh in Phnom Penh on July 23, during which the former briefed the latter on the results of the Vietnam-Cambodia Defence Policy Dialogue at the deputy ministerial level.

Vinh asked Cambodia’s Ministry of Defence direct its military units to effectively realize annual protocols, cooperation plans and agreements signed between the two nations’ high-ranking officials and defence ministries.

He also conveyed regards of Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich to the host.

In reply, Tea Banh underscored the significance of the dialogue amid complicated development of regional and global security. 

He thanked the Vietnamese Defence Ministry for holding activities marking 42 years of “the path to overthrow the Pol Pot genocidal regime” of Cambodia in Binh Phuoc province while suggesting both sides augment cooperation, towards deepening defence relations between Vietnam and Cambodia.

Earlier, the 4th Vietnam-Cambodia Defence Policy Dialogue at the deputy ministerial level was held in Phnom Penh under the co-chairmanship of Vinh and Gen. Neang Phat, Secretary of State at the Cambodian Defence Ministry. 

The two sides compared notes international and regional security and political situation, cooperation of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) and ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM), and reviewed defence cooperation between the two countries as well as proposed measures to further enhance ties in the time to come. 

Vietnam and Cambodia agreed upon the common perception of strategic issues affecting their security and politics and underlined the need to foster bilateral defence ties as well comprehensive friendship and cooperation.

They consented to boost closer coordination in effectively carrying out the contents of the annual Protocol and Cooperation Plan, with a focus on promoting security and political cooperation in the military, countering destructive allegations of hostile forces on social networks.

They are set to upgrade the border defence exchange mechanism into the defence ministry level, and work to preserve friendship monuments and conduct border rescue exercises and border friendship exchanges between their border guard forces. 

The two sides highlighted defence policy dialogue mechanism as an important channel to build a common perception of regional security issues, and to build defence cooperation orientations.