VN, EU boost national defense
10:06 | 22/05/2019

VGP - Deputy Defense Minister, Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh and a delegation of Vietnamese defense officers attended a meeting of EU Chiefs of Defense (CHODs) in Brussels from May 19-22 at the invitation of Chairman of the EU Military Committee, General Claudio Graziano. 

Deputy Defense Minister, Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh 

At the conference, the delegation joined discussions on non-combat training mission and on the "Single European Sky.”

Defense Minister affirmed that Viet Nam highly values the position and role of the EU and the Viet Nam-EU defense cooperation and shared Viet Nam's experience in participating in training and coaching activities prepared for UN peacekeeping forces. 

Regarding future orientation, the Defense Minister stressed the two sides need to soon complete the negotiations and signing of an agreement between the Vietnamese Government and the EU on establishing Viet Nam's participation framework in crisis management activities of the EU (Framework Participation Agreement (FPA)) to lay a foundation for their cooperation.  

Mr. Vinh proposed the two sides actively share their experience in areas of potential cooperation, especially in the field of UN peacekeeping.

Within the framework of their trip, the Vietnamese delegation had a working session with General Claudio Graziano, during which the EU official applauded Viet Nam’s participation in the event and wished to continue strengthening defense cooperation with Viet Nam./.  

By Kim Anh

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