At the meeting between Gen. Chien (left) and EUMC Chairman General Robert Brieger

At their meeting, Gen. Chien and General Robert Brieger, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (EUMC), highly appreciated the outcomes of the bilateral defense ties over the past time on the basis on the framework agreement on comprehensive partnership and cooperation between Vietnam and the E.U. and the agreement on the establishment of the framework for Vietnam’s participation in crisis management activities of the E.U. (known as the Framework Participation Agreement (FPA), saying that they helped contribute to peace, cooperation and development.

Both officials highlighted the successful organization of the third Vietnam - E.U. Defense and Security Dialogue on May 12.

The EUMC Chairman thanked the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense for sending two officers to lecture at the E.U. Training Mission in Central African Republic (EUTM RCA). He confirmed that the E.U. will continue to assign its officers to working with and supporting the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

Speaking highly of the cooperation in training, Gen. Chien suggested the E.U. further the efficiency of the coordination in settlement of war legacy in Vietnam.

Gen. Chien (right) receives Regional Director for the Asia-Pacific of the ICRC Christine Cipolla.

The same day, Gen. Chien received Regional Director for the Asia-Pacific of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Christine Cipolla, during which the latter expressed thanks to the Vietnamese MND for its support and creation of conditions for training and information dissemination activities related to International Humanitarian Law and the Law of Armed Conflict. She took the occasion to congratulate Vietnam on its successful participation in U.N. peacekeeping operations.

Gen. Chien highly praised the ICRC’s cooperation in training, U.N. peacekeeping operations, and addressing consequences of war. He underlined that the Government, ministries and departments of Vietnam always pay attention to the cooperation in humanity.

The Vietnamese deputy defense minister also talked about reality of the consequences of Agent Orange/dioxin, unexploded ordnance left over from the war in Vietnam and voiced his support for the cooperation with the ICRC in settling war legacy in Vietnam.

Gen. Chien (right) and IISS-Asia Executive Director James Crabtree

At the meeting with James Crabtree, Executive Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)-Asia, Gen. Chien congratulated the IISS and the Ministry of Defense of Singapore on successfully hosting the 20th Shangri-La Dialogue.

He stressed that the Vietnamese MND highly appreciated and will continue to take part in the Shangri-La Dialogue in the future and conferences within the dialogue.

Director James Crabtree thanked Gen. Chien and the Vietnamese MND delegation for joining the 20th Shangri-La Dialogue. He conveyed the thanks of the IISS’s board of directors to the Minister of the Vietnamese MND.

Translated by Mai Huong