Japan, VN reinforce defence links
09:57 | 03/05/2019
VGP - Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich in Ha Noi on May 2 held talks with his Japanese counterpart Takeshi Iwaya who is on an official visit to Viet Nam from May 2 to 4.

Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich and his Japanese counterpart Takeshi Iwaya inspect guards of honour in Ha Noi on May 2

Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich and his Japanese counterpart Takeshi Iwaya shared the view that defence cooperation is one of the important contents of the Viet Nam – Japan extensive strategic partnership.

In line with the Memorandum of Understanding on defence cooperation and exchanges signed in October 2011 and the Joint Vision Statement on Viet Nam – Japan Defence Cooperation towards the next decade signed in April 2018, cooperation agenda has been expanded, making positive contributions to political trust and ensuring security in each country. 

Since 2009, Japan has provided nearly US$ 5.5 million in aid for two bomb and mine clearance projects in the central provinces of Quang Tri and Ha Tinh. The High Command of Chemical Arm of the Viet Nam People’s Army is working with Japan’s Shimizu company in a project to test dioxin treatment technologies at Bien Hoa airport while the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is considering the supply of equipment for the assessment and control of dioxin contamination. 

Both the host and the guest agreed to continue pushing forward the effective and substantial development of bilateral defence ties during 2019 and following years during their talks.

The two defence ministers vowed to make good use of existing cooperation mechanisms and boost defence ties in accordance with signed agreements, including the Joint Vision Statement on Viet Nam – Japan Defence Cooperation towards the next decade. 

In addition, two sides pledged to coordinate closely as co-chairs of  the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) Experts’ Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations when Viet Nam assumes the role of ASEAN Chair in 2020. 

The two countries will continue their partnership in training, capacity improvement, information technology, UN peacekeeping mission, military medicine, defence industry for the sake of peace, stability and prosperity in the region. 

On the occasion, Mr. Lich thanked Japan for its active and effective support in post-war recovery in Viet Nam as well as its initiatives on cooperation mechanism within the ADMM framework. 

Mr. Lich wished that the Japanese Defence Ministry and agencies would continue joint work with Vietnamese counterparts in post-war recovery, maritime security, search and rescue, and UN peacekeeping mission. 

Following the talks, the two defence ministers witnessed the signing of an MOU on orientations to develop cooperation in defence industry between Vietnamese and Japanese defence ministries. 

By Vien Nhu

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