Vietnam enhances defence links with RoK and India

VOV.VN - Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh held phone talks on July 6 with his counterparts Park Jae-min of the Republic of Korea (RoK) and Ajay Kumar of India, during which he briefed them on the country’s efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.

During the conversations, the Vietnamese defence official attributed the nation’s success in containing the pandemic to the total involvement of the entire political system coupled with the Government’s clear direction in terms of policy.

With the country sharing many of the same difficulties caused by the pandemic as people from the RoK and India, Lieut. Gen. Vinh expressed his confidence that the two nations will soon be able to eradicate the disease.

Moreover, he also used the opportunity to convey an invitation from Vietnamese Defence Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich to the Defence Ministers of the RoK and India to visit Vietnam and attend the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus which will take place at the end of the year.

The Deputy Defence Minister expressed his willingness to organise and attend the Vietnam-RoK and Vietnam–India defence policy dialogues with his counterparts when the time is right later this year.

In response, both RoK Defence Minister Jae-min and Indian Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar hailed Vietnamese epidemic containment efforts, noting the remarkable contributions made by the Vietnam People's Army.

During the occasion, Lieut. Gen. Vinh and his two counterparts reviewed the outcomes of difference aspects of bilateral defence co-operation before agreeing upon the future direction of co-operation activities. The trio affirmed their resolve to stop the COVID-19 from impacting on joint defence plans.

Furthermore, both the Vietnamese and Korean officials consented to effectively implement commitments between the two ministries with regard to high-ranking delegation exchanges, UN peacekeeping operations, cyber security, overcoming post-war consequence, and the defence industry.

The pair underlined the need to co-operate in military medicine to prevent the spread of diseases and deal with threats from non-traditional security challenges.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Defence Minister and his Indian counterpart stressed that co-operation in defence is an important pillar in the traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership that exists between the two nations. They pledged to expand co-operation in military medicine, UN peacekeeping operations, the defence industry, and training.

Lieut. Gen. Vinh also informed his counterparts about the nation’s plans to launch an array of activities during the remainder of the year in the country’s capacity as ASEAN Chair 2020 and a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2020 to 2021.


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