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Stronger defence link drives Vietnam-Poland forward

Update: August, 15/2013 - 17:34
Vietnamese Minister of National Defence, General Phung Quang Thanh reviews the guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony in Warsaw on August 12.—Photo tienphong

WARSAW (VNS)— Polish Minister of National Defence Tomasz Siemoniak has made it clear that stronger bilateral defence link will drive Vietnam-Poland ties forward.

He has agreed with his Vietnamese counterpart General Phung Quang Thanh's proposal at their talks in Warsaw on August 12 that the two countries should strengthen defence link by facilitating visits by all-level delegations.

At the same time, both sides should establish a deputy ministerial-level defence dialogue mechanism, and work together on education- training, defence industry, and exchange of information and research as well.

Minister Siemoniak also pointed to mutual trust as a foundation for the two countries' future defence cooperation to be realised.

He stated that Vietnam plays an important role in maintaining political stability in the Asia-Pacific in general and Southeast Asia in particular -- the regions that are crucial to the world's peace and stability.

He also expressed his support for Vietnam's stance on settling disputes by peaceful means in line with international law. He hailed the country's involvement in the United Nations peacekeeping mission.

He pledged that his country stands ready to bridge Vietnam and Europe and hoped that Vietnam will help connect Poland with Southeast Asia.

Minister Thanh, for his part, declared that his visit to Poland, from August 11 to 14, mirrors Vietnam's policy of deeply integrating into global community and fostering friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation with Poland specifically.

He said Vietnam attaches importance to bolstering all-sided cooperation with Poland, which according to him, shares a lot of similarities with Vietnam and holds an important position in the country's foreign policy.

At their talks, the two ministers exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual concern.—VNA/VNS

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