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Party leader talks defence ties with Myanmar military chief

Update: August, 26/2017 - 09:31
Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng (R) meets Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services of Myanmar, Sen Gen Min Aung Hlaing in Naypyidaw yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Trí Dũng

NAYPYIDAW — Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng said yesterday that he wanted stronger defence co-operation with Myanmar during a reception for Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services of Myanmar, Sen Gen Min Aung Hlaing in Naypyidaw yesterday. 

The Party chief, who is on a State visit to Myanmar, said the two nations were close neighbours in Southeast Asia and shared many similarities in history and cultural traditions as well as common interests. Their potential and strengths are also complementary, the Party leader said. 

He noted that the Việt Nam-Myanmar relations have continuously been consolidated by the two nations’ leaders, particularly since the establishment of diplomatic ties in May, 1975. 

General Secretary Trọng lauded the co-operation between the two defence ministries and armies, particularly after the signing of the agreement on defence co-operation in 2011, saying that Sen Gen Min Aung Hlaing’s official visit to Việt Nam in March this year had opened up numerous avenues for bilateral co-operation in training, military medicine and the defence industry. 

He expressed his hope that co-operation between the armies and military forces of the two countries would grow further, contributing actively and effectively to bilateral relations in line with the spirit of the Comprehensive Co-operative Partnership newly established during the ongoing visit. 

For his part, Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing briefed General Secretary Trọng on co-operation between the two nations’ armies and concurred with the Party leader’s evaluation of defence ties between the two countries. 

He affirmed that there was great potential and room for the two nations to bolster their co-operation, adding that the armed forces of Myanmar would work hard to raise bilateral defence relations to the level of the Comprehensive Co-operative Partnership. — VNS


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