BANGKOK (VNS)– Viet Nam and Thailand have agreed to expand the co-operation between their two air forces as they prepare to raise the bilateral ties to strategic partnership level.
The agreement was reached during talks between the Air Force Commanders Phuong Minh Hoa of Viet Nam and Prajin Jantong of Thailand in Bangkok yesterday. The meeting formed part of the Vietnamese Air Defence and Air Force delegation's four-day working visit to Thailand.
The two commanders agreed that the neighbours would continue to exchange high-level visits on an annual basis, strengthen training co-operation, share meteorological information, co-ordinate in flood and storm prevention and consult on pilot health and safety.
Lieut. Gen. Hoa declared that both Viet Nam and Thailand were very active in preparing for the establishment of the strategic partnership and emphasised the important role of military ties in the wider bilateral relationship.
For his part, Jantong said that solid relations between the two countries' military forces contributed towards the promotion of mutual understanding and regional stability. He expressed his hope that their friendship would set an example to other regional partners.
Bilateral air force co-operation began with the visit of former Thai Air Commander Chalit Pukbhasuk to Viet Nam in February 2006. The two air forces have regularly exchanged visits ever since and closely co-operate in training.
The two countries signed a military co-operation agreement in 2012 on facilitating visits, joint education and training and information sharing.
During his stay in Thailand, Hoa will meet with Royal Thai Armed Forces Chief of Defence Tanasak Patimapragorn as well as paying a visit to an air force officer training facility and a Thai Air Force pilot training school. — VNS