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Việt Nam, Myanmar enhance defence collaboration

Update: March, 07/2017 - 10:35
Defence Minister Ngô Xuân Lịch (R) receives Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces Min Aung Hlaign in Hà Nội yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo An Đăng

HÀ NỘI – Senior defence officials of Việt Nam and Myanmar have agreed to bolster defence co-operation between the two countries and make it deeper, more effective and practical.

The agreement was reached during talks in Hà Nội yesterday between Defence Minister Ngô Xuân Lịch and Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces Min Aung Hlaign, who is on a four-day visit to Viet Nam from March 5 at the invitation of the Vietnamese Defence Minister.

At the talks, the two sides briefed each other on the political, socio-economic and defence-security situation in each country, and shared experience in building armed forces.

Noting that defence co-operation between the two countries in past years has become a key pillar in the partnership between Viet Nam and Myanmar, the officials discussed plans for co-operation in 2017 and beyond.

On the foundation of the defence collaboration agreement signed in 2011, the two armies have implemented various co-operation activities such as exchanging delegations, holding exchanges for young officers, organising Vietnamese and Myanmar language training, and partnering in the fight against illegal migration and smuggling.

They have also supported each other at multilateral forums, thus contributing to strengthening Việt Nam-Myanmar ties.

The same day, the military-run Viettel Global Investment JSC and Myanmar’s Telecommunication Joint Venture MYTEL signed a contract on technology and management assistance. — VNS

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