Vietnam, France look to sign defense cooperation deal

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Vietnam and France need to work toward the signing of an agreement on their bilateral defense cooperation, according to a meeting between the countries' defense leaders in Paris early this week.

At the second meeting of the Vietnam France Joint-Committee on National Defense Cooperation held on November 21-22, the leaders agreed to improve cooperation, including military delegation exchanges, military co-training session, and co-studying defense strategies, among others, Vietnam News Agency reported.

According to the source, Deputy Defense Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh, who led the Vietnamese delegation at the meeting, also met with French Defense Minister Gérard Longuet and Admiral Édouard Guillaud, chief of defense.

During the meetings, the leaders talked about regional and international security matters, the news agency said. French officials expressed that they care about the Asia-Pacific region and hoped to improve its peace and stability for development.

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