HA NOI — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung expressed his wish to a visiting Thai delegation of defence officials yesterday that the Vietnamese and Thai militaries would continue effectively implementing co-operation agreements on exchanges of training and search-and-rescue experience as well as co-ordinating joint sea patrols.
Dung addressed a delegation from the Royal Thai Army led by General Thanasak Patimaprakorn, chief of defence for the Thai Royal Armed Forces.
Dung spoke highly of the results of talks between Patimaprakorn and Sr Lt Gen Do Ba Ty, chief of the general staff of the People's Army, saying that the visit would make practical contributions to bilateral co-operation. The two armies have seen effective co-operation in joint sea patrols, he noted, adding that Viet Nam was pleased with the fine development of the friendship and between the two countries in various fields, especially trade, investment, tourism and security.
Dung suggested the two sides co-operate more effectively within the framework of the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM+), including on the East Sea issue, for peace, stability, co-operation and development in the region and globally.
Patimaprakorn said his visit aimed to strengthen co-operation between the two armies, especially in training and search-and-rescue. He vowed to try his best to boost ties between the two countries in general and the two armies in particular.
Ty yesterday also met separately with Patimaprakorn. During talks, they briefed each other on their countries' recent socio-economic developments, assessed achievements in co-operation between the two armies in recent years, and exchanged ideas for improving future joint activities. Measures discussed included the exchanges of delegations at all levels, joint patrols at sea, and other issues of mutual interest for peace and stability throughout the region. — VNS