Minister of National Defence, General Ngô Xuân Lịch meets with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore. — VNA/VNS Photo
SINGAPORE — Minister of National Defence, General Ngô Xuân Lịch held talks with his Singaporean counterpart Ng Eng Hen, during which he affirmed that promoting co-operation with ASEAN countries, especially Singapore, is a priority of Việt Nam’s external policy.
At the talks, held during a visit to Singapore from October 23-25 by Lịch, the two ministers agreed that defence co-operation between the two countries had been effective in line with the Agreement of Bilateral Defence Cooperation signed by the two ministries in 2009.
The two sides have made regular exchanges of delegations, while fostering co-operation between naval and air forces as well as in military medicine and training, which strengthened friendship between the two countries’ armed forces and peoples.
Minister Ng Eng Hen said that the meeting helps speed up the implementation of agreements between the two ministries, while making the deals more effective.
The two defence chiefs agreed to assign agencies to work together to speed up affiliation contents, focusing on exchanging delegations and meetings among young officers and sharing information and experience.
Both sides will enhance the efficiency of dialogue mechanisms, especially the Defence Policy Dialogue, at deputy minister level.
While in Singapore, Minister Lịch also paid a courtesy call to Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong who expressed his hope that the two defence ministries will promote the achievements of their partnership and make bilateral defence ties deeper.
The PM pledged that the Singaporean Government will support and create favourable conditions for the two ministries to further their ties.
The Minister said Việt Nam treasures the sound friendship with Singapore and gives top pritority to strengthening the ties.— VNS