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Multi-faceted ties with Russia to be enhanced, including military

Update: March, 06/2013 - 00:00

President Truong Tan Sang (right) receives Russian Defence Minister General Sergei Shoigu. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam will make all efforts with Russia to continue developing the two countries' relations in a deep and effective manner in all fields, including defence, President Truong Tan Sang said.

Sang made the statement at a reception in Ha Noi yesterday for Russian Defence Minister General Sergei Shoigu, now on a working visit to Viet Nam for the first time since he took up the ministerial position last November.

The President highly valued the outcome of the talks between Shoigu and his Vietnamese counterpart General Phung Quang Thanh, and said he believed that the visit would contribute practically to boosting the bilateral multi-faceted co-operation.

Over the past years, despite the difference in political mechanisms, the two countries' co-operation has been effective and enjoyed development in line with the comprehensive strategic partnership and each nation's interests, Sang said, adding that Viet Nam was always grateful to the former Soviet Union and Russia for their wholehearted and effective assistance to the country during its national liberation and reunification in the past and construction and socio-economic development at present.

The Vietnamese leader expressed his hope that in his new position, Shoigu would contribute to strengthening the two sides' defence co-operation.

Shoigu affirmed that he would do his utmost to effectively implement signed co-operation agreements on military and military technology.

Earlier, Shoigu held talks with Vietnamese Defence Minister Thanh. The two ministers exchanged views on national, regional and international issues, reviewed the results of the co-operation between the two ministries over the past years, as well as worked out co-operation directions.

Shoigu said the two armies' co-operation had yet to match each country's potential and demand. He suggested the two sides strengthen delegation exchanges and carry out specific orientations to lift the bilateral defence ties to a new height, suitable to the two countries' traditional friendship and matching their comprehensive strategic partnership.

Both agreed that in the two armies needed to focus on the fields of military and military technology. — VNS.

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