|Deputy Minister of Defence, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh delivers speech at the first international workshop on sending forces to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Trong Duc
HA NOI (VNS) — The first international workshop on sending forces to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions was held in Ha Noi yesterday.
The workshop is seen as a great opportunity for Viet Nam to learn about the role from other nations.
The event was organised by the Vietnamese Peacekeeping Centre (VPC) in collaboration with the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) run by the US Department of State.
Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Defence, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, said the workshop showed Viet Nam's determination to take part in UN peacekeeping missions.
It was also evidence of the assistance and co-operation the US, the UN and other countries were offering Viet Nam.
Vinh said he hoped the US and other countries would help Viet Nam train officials, manage resources and increase experience in this area.
US Ambassador to Viet Nam, Ted Osius, said once officially established, the VPC would help Viet Nam provide capable peacekeeping staff.
He said the armies of both the US and Viet Nam would share experiences in medicine to support Viet Nam's goal of providing a level two field hospital for UN missions.
By establishing co-operation between the two armies, helping with English training and conferences, the US would support Viet Nam's commitments to maintaining peace in the region and the world.
The ambassador said he hoped to work closely with the Ministry of Defence and the VPC to broaden Viet Nam's contributions to global peace-keeping missions. — VNS