Vietnam, Singapore look to stronger defense ties

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Vietnamese and Singaporean delegates attend the Vietnam – Singapore defense policy dialogue in Hanoi on July 22. Photo credit: VNA Vietnamese and Singaporean delegates attend the Vietnam – Singapore defense policy dialogue in Hanoi on July 22. Photo credit: VNA
Vietnam and Singapore should deepen defense cooperation to match their strategic partnership, heard the Vietnam – Singapore defense policy dialogue in Hanoi on July 22.
It will be made possible by sharing information and experience via visits, continuing the deputy ministerial-level dialogue mechanism, and assisting each other in building the United Nations peacekeeping forces and at multilateral forums.
The views were shared by Deputy Minister of National Defense, Sen. Lieut. Gen Nguyen Chi Vinh and Permanent Secretary at the Singaporean Ministry of Defense Chan Yeng Kit who co-chaired the dialogue.
Vinh thanked Singapore for helping Vietnam modernize its army, especially in foreign language training, peacekeeping mission, and search and rescue operation.
He suggested the two defense ministries work out a three-year cooperation plan to better realize their commitments.
Both sides were on the same page when it comes to the East Sea issue, saying that disputes should be addressed by peaceful means in line with international law.
Parties concerned should stay united and uphold the central role of ASEAN in sustaining peace and stability in the region, they said.

Vietnam’s Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh (R) shakes hands with
Permanent Secretary at the Singaporean Ministry of Defense Chan Yeng Kit (L) at a reception in Hanoi July 22. Photo credit: VNA

Also on the same day in Hanoi, Vietnam’s Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh held a reception for Permanent Secretary at the Singaporean Ministry of Defense Chan Yeng Kit.
Thanh proposed the two countries' Defense Ministries should build a long-term co-operation plan together and increase the exchange of delegations in order to seek more effective measures to promote bilateral ties.
He said the two countries have gradually developed a comprehensive cooperation, especially in defense ties, with the signing of an agreement on defense co-operation and many joint activities in the fields of navy, army medicine, defense industry and foreign language training.
For his part, Chan Yeng Kit affirmed that his country always attaches importance to its strategic cooperation with Vietnam, especially in defense.
Singapore wishes to share experience with Vietnam in peacekeeping force building, search and rescue, navy and army medicine as well as English language training for military officers.

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