Senior Colonel Nguyen Nhu Canh (second from left) and Mrs. Matsuzawa Tomoko co-chair the meeting.

Co-chairs of the event were Senior Colonel Nguyen Nhu Canh, VNDPKO Deputy Director and head of the Vietnamese experts’ working group on peacekeeping operations, and Matsuzawa Tomoko, Director for defense cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region at the Japanese Defense Ministry and head of the Japanese experts’ working group on peacekeeping operations.

Delegates discussed specialized and technical contents related to the final planning  of the field training which is scheduled to take place in Vietnam this September.

They agreed on major contents of the concept document and program of the field training, scenarios, assurance of administration, logistics, techniques, and equipment for the event.

On this occasion, the delegates visited the venue of the end-of-term field training.

An overview of the meeting

Addressing the conference, Mrs. Matsuzawa Tomoko spoke highly of the role of the Vietnamese government and Ministry of National Defense in hosting the event, and the delegate’s active sharing of ideas, making proposals, contributing to the preparations for the field training.

The pro-active coordination with Japan to co-chair the ADMM+ Experts’ Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations Cycle 4 within the ADMM+ continues to affirm Vietnam’s role, prestige, position, and contribution to the multilateral cooperation mechanisms on U.N. peacekeeping operations in the region, thereby strengthening cooperation among ADMM Plus’s member states.

Delegates in a joint photo

Activities during the co-chairmanship will help bolster the bilateral defense ties in general and the cooperation in peacekeeping operations in particular between  Vietnam and Japan.

On September 15, 2015, the defense ministries of Vietnam and Japan signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in U.N. peacekeeping operations as a foundation for the two countries’ further collaboration in this regard.

Japan is an active member early engaging and making financial and personnel contribution to U.N. peacekeeping operations, mainly in the form of logistics support and guarantee.

Translated by Mai Huong