|Sen. Lieut. General Do Ba Ty, Chief of General Staff of the Viet Nam People's Army and Admiral Edouard Guillaud, the French Chief of Defence Staff.—VNA/VNS Photo
PARIS (VNS)— Sen. Lieut. General Do Ba Ty, Chief of General Staff of the Viet Nam People's Army, is on a four-day official visit to France to boost defence ties between the two nations.
During talks with Admiral Edouard Guillaud, the French Chief of Defence Staff, Ty affirmed that Viet Nam hoped to develop all-round ties with France for a strategic partnership.
Ty reviewed several recent acts of cooperation between the two sides, including the annual Joint Defence Committee mechanism, cooperation in defence science and technology, military medicine and hydrography.
The Vietnamese general suggested Viet Nam and France increase the exchange of all-level delegations and the sharing of experience in joining UN peacekeeping operations as well as maintaining the annual Joint Defence Committee and strengthening training cooperation.
Ty expressed his hope that France would continue to support Viet Nam's bid to join the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO).
For his part, Admiral Edouard Guillaud highly valued the role of Viet Nam in the Asia-Pacific region and ASEAN. He said France applauded Viet Nam's participation in UN peacekeeping operations and was certainly willing to share its experience with the Southeast Asian nation.
As an IHO founder, France would back Viet Nam in its quest to become a member of the organisation, he affirmed. — VNS