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Vietnam, Spain speed up defence cooperation

Update: December, 04/2013 - 15:40
Spanish Secretary of State for Defence Pedro Argüelles Salaverria meets with Deputy Minister of National Defence, Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh (R) during the latter's three-day visit to Spain.—VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Spain is willing to share its experience in UN peacekeeping activities and unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance and support Vietnam in these fields.

 

Spanish Secretary of State for Defence Pedro Argüelles Salaverria made the pledge on December 2 at his meeting with Deputy Minister of National Defence, Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh during the latter's three-day visit to Spain.

The two activities were among several fields proposed for further cooperation between the two countries suggested by Deputy Minister Vinh.

He also suggested host focus on exchanging delegations at all levels, boosting partnership between strategic research institutes and cooperating in defence industry.

Deputy Minister Vinh noted that Vietnam treasures ties with Spain and wants to increase cooperation with the country, especially in defence, on a par with their strategic partnership.

He said he believes that increased defence ties will actively contribute to strengthening the friendship and mutual understanding between the two peoples and armies, serving each country's interests.

Host Pedro Argüelles Salaverria hailed the Vietnamese officers' visit and expressed his belief that the defence ties will march bilateral strategic partnership.

He stressed that his country considers the implementation of defence cooperation agreements signed with other countries, including that with Vietnam, an important task.

During the visit, Deputy Minister Vinh and his entourage visited some military units.— VNA/VNS

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