|President Truong Tan Sang (right) hosted a meeting for Slovakian Defence Minister Martin Glvac in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang hosted a meeting for Slovakian Defence Minister Martin Glvac, who is presently on a working visit to Viet Nam, in Ha Noi yesterday.
The State leader considered the visit, which is taking place amid the 65th founding anniversary of the bilateral relations between both countries, critical to elevating their ties to a new level.
Viet Nam appreciates the material and spiritual assistance it has received from the former Czechoslovakia and current Slovakia over time, he said.
He noted that his country wishes to increase the exchange of high-ranking delegations and bilateral trade beyond the current US$400 million, adding that Viet Nam is willing to act as a bridge for Slovakian goods to enter ASEAN markets.
The President spoke highly of the outcome of talks between the Vietnamese and Slovakian Defence Ministers, asking both sides to realise agreements as soon as possible.
Minister Glvac remarked that the two countries shared a number of similarities in defence and there is room for them to promote security and defence cooperation in personnel training and military sector.
He also asked President Sang, as the State leader of Viet Nam, to further support the development of their defence partnership.
|Viet Nam and Slovakia signed a Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral defence co-operation following talks between Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh (right) and his Slovakian counterpart Martin Glavac. — VNA/VNS Photo Trong Duc
Earlier yesterday, Viet Nam and Slovakia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on bilateral defence co-operation following talks between Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh and his Slovakian counterpart Martin Glavac.
The MoU will help create a legal foundation for both nations to elevate their defence ties towards fostering peace, stability and security in the region and beyond, officials said.
Thanh thanked Slovakia for its valuable assistance to the cause of Viet Nam's national liberation and development.
The two ministers discussed regional and global issues of mutual concern and identified measures to further strengthen Viet Nam-Slovakia defence relations.
They agreed to focus on promoting exchange visits at all levels, co-operate in personnel training and in sharing experiences on United Nations peace-keeping missions.
During his June 8-14, Viet Nam visit, Glavac will also chair an exchange programme between Slovak defence businesses and the Viet Nam-Slovakia Friendship Association. He is also scheduled to visit several units of the Viet Nam People's Army. — VNS