Vietnam to send sappers, field hospital to South Sudan

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United Nations Deputy Secretary General Ameerah Haq ( 2nd from right) poses for a photo with Vietnamese military officers Lieutenant Colonel Tran Nam Ngan (R) and Lieutenant Colonel Mac Duc Trong after an inauguration ceremony for Vietnam's Peacekeeping Center in Hanoi on May 27. Photo credit: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam is working on a plan to send a company of sappers and a second-level field hospital to the Republic of South Sudan as part of the ongoing UN peacekeeping mission there.
On Monday (July 14), Lieutenant-General Vo Van Tuan, Deputy Chief of the Army General Staff, chaired a meeting with the newly-established Vietnam Peacekeeping Center to discuss the plan, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Colonel Hoang Kim Phung, the Center's director, briefed Tuan on the center's recent activities along with the two officers who have already been deployed to South Sudan.
The officers made a number of proposals related to the center's future implementation of the mission.
Representatives from the Military Medicine Department under the General Logistics Department and the High Command of Engineering said their units have worked out training plans and are preparing personnel for peacekeeping missions.
Lt. Gen. Tuan instructed the Vietnam Peacekeeping Center to arrange forces for peacekeeping missions abroad and continue to improve the center's infrastructure.
He also agreed with the center’s proposals on sending teams to work with the UN and make field trips in preparation for the deployment of the sapper company and the second-level field hospital in South Sudan.
On May 27, two Vietnamese officers took off to join the United Nations peacekeeping forces in South Sudan.
Vietnam opened its peacekeeping center in June.
Lieutenant Colonel Mac Duc Trong, 43, and, Tran Nam Ngan, 42, will serve as communication officers from their African base.

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