Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh (centre) has a bilateral meeting
with British Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon (right).
In his meeting with Managing Director Asia and Pacific for the European
External Action Service (EEAS) Gunnar Wiegand, Senior Lieutenant General
Nguyen Chi Vinh said Vietnam hopes to ramp up exchanges of high-ranking
delegations and scholars and enhance cooperation in military training
between Vietnam and the EU.
He also proposed the EU to share its experience with Vietnam in the United Nations’ peacekeeping operations.
For his part, Wiegand affirmed that the EU will continue strengthening
partnership with Vietnam in many fields, especially in peacekeeping.
Regarding the East Sea issue, he said the EU supports negotiations
between all concerned parties and hopes the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China to soon reach a Code of Conduct in the
East Sea (COC) for the settlement of issues.
While meeting with British Secretary of State for Defence Michael
Fallon, Vinh said Vietnam supports the UK to be an observer at the ASEAN
Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+).
In response, Fallon stated that the UK will provide favourable
conditions for Vietnamese military officers to pursue training courses
in the country. It will invite Vietnam to take part in a seminar on UN
peacekeeping mission in London this September and coordinate with
Vietnam in building a field hospital in South Sudan.
Talking with Italian Minister of Defence Roberta Pinotti, the defence
deputy minister suggested Vietnam and Italy to intensify collaboration
in strategic studies, arms industry and UN peacekeeping operations.
Pinotti said the two countries shares a common interest in maritime
security and could bolster cooperation in the field. Italy also stands
ready to share its peacekeeping experience with Vietnam, she added.