Meeting with Permanent Secretary at the Singaporean Ministry of Defence Chan Heng Kee and Senior Minister of State for Defence Heng Chee How, Vinh
told them that the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence has finalized preparations for the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Retreat (ADMM Retreat) set for February 18-20 in Hanoi, with a particular focus on the prevention of the acute respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus (nCoV).
Apart from ADMM and ADMM Plus (ADMM) meetings, Vietnam is destined to organise a ceremony marking the 10th founding anniversary of ADMM Plus in 2020 with defence ministers in attendance.
Vinh used the occasion to invite leaders of the Singaporean Ministry of Defence and army to attend a conference on women’s participation in United Nations peacekeeping operations and the first international defence expo to be held in Vietnam later this year.
Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Lt. Gen. Le Huy Vinh, had a meeting with Singaporean Chief of Defence Force Melvyn Ong, during which he conveyed the invitation of Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Sen. Lt. Gen. Phan Van Giang to the latter to attend the 17th ASEAN Chiefs of Defence Forces Meeting in Vietnam.
At these meetings, the Singaporean officials said the Singaporean Minister of Defence and army leaders are looking forward to attending the ASEAN-related meetings to be hosted by Vietnam.
Singapore supports and will provide the best possible assistance to help the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence successfully launch all military-defence activities in 2020 when the country serves as ASEAN Chair.
While in Singapore, the Vietnamese delegation also attended the Singapore Airshow 2020, and had working sessions with some local agencies to consult them about the organisation of the international defence expo.
As one of the biggest biennial defence exhibitions in Asia, the Singapore Airshow 2020 draw the participation of 930 companies from 45 countries across the globe.