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VN-Australia defence consultation to boost cooperation

Update: August, 15/2018 - 06:00
Deputy Defence Minister Nguyễn Chí Vịnh receives Australian delegation, led by Stephen Moore, Assistant Secretary Global Interests at the Australian Department of Defence. – VNA/VNS Photo Hồng Pha

HÀ NỘI – The 12th Việt Nam – Australia defence cooperation consultation, which will cover a wide range of issues, is expected to boost ties between the two defence ministries, said Deputy Defence Minister Nguyễn Chí Vịnh.

The Deputy Minister made his comments at a reception in Hà Nội yesterday for the Australian delegation to the consultation, led by Stephen Moore, Assistant Secretary Global Interests at the Australian Department of Defence. 

Vinh said the consultation will also help the two sides optimise the role of their consultation and dialogue mechanisms at different levels, first of all the diplomatic-defence strategic dialogue and defence policy dialogue to be held in October this year. 

The official noted that the Việt Nam Ministry of Defence considers Australia a key partner, which has supported the country in building its peacekeeping training centre. 

Vinh thanked Australia for its commitment to sponsor equipment for and transport of Việt Nam’s level-2 field hospital to the UN Mission in South Sudan. 

For his part, Moore said topics suggested by his host, including collaboration between military corps, peacekeeping mission, cyber security, and alleviation of war consequences in Việt Nam, will be discussed at the defence cooperation consultation. 

He stated Australia values ties with Việt Nam and is working with Việt Nam to identify suitable areas for bilateral defence cooperation.– VNS

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