|Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh and French Army Deputy Chief of Staff Senior Lieutenant General Gratien Maire.—VNA/VNS Photo
PARIS (VNS) — Viet Nam and France have agreed to increase their defence co-operation, particularly in exchanges of delegations, training, defence industries, and maritime security.
The two countries reached agreement during the fourth session of the Viet Nam-France Joint Committee on National Defence Co-operation in Paris last week.
Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh co-chaired the meeting with French Army Deputy Chief of Staff Senior Lieutenant General Gratien Maire.
During the meeting, Vinh noted that the recent upgrading of the Viet Nam - France relationship to a strategic partnership demonstrates the two nations' closer ties and lays firm foundations for wider future co-operation, especially in the field of national defence.
General Maire also repeated his nation's willingness to back Viet Nam's efforts to defend its sovereignty and fulfil its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The French also pledged to continue supporting Viet Nam's International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) membership bid, share its UN peacekeeping deployment experience, and will help the country in the clearance of unexploded ordnance. — VNS