During the conversation, Major General Dao Xuan Lan expressed his impression of the Ministry of National Defense's pioneering role in participating in U.N. peacekeeping operations. He also highlighted the achievements obtained by forces of the Vietnam People's Army in the activities which have been praised by the U.N.

An overview of the meeting

General Lan emphasized that since the Public Security Ministry’s Standing Office for U.N. Peacekeeping Operations was freshly established, it is facing numerous difficulties and challenges. Therefore, he expressed the aspiration to learn the VNDPKO’s experience in building forces and conducting pre-deployment training.

General Phung addresses the meeting.

The Chief of the Standing Office for U.N. Peacekeeping Operations stressed that over the past time, the unit has cooperated and received effective support from the VNDPKO. In particular, the department has provided training for 23 public security officers, of whom eight have been qualified to be deployed to the U.N. Mission in South Sudan and the U.N. Headquarters in the coming time.

Major General Dao Xuan Lan expected to continue receiving active assistance from the VNDPKO in selecting, completing procedures, and conducting pre-deployment training. He also wanted to work with the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and relevant agencies of the Defense Ministry to well carry out common missions.

General Phung and General Lan

At the reception, Major General Hoang Kim Phung affirmed the positive outcomes obtained by the peacekeeping forces of the Vietnam People’s Army over the past time. He said that as the VNDPKO has successfully co-hosted international training courses, it has adequate experience and capability and is ready to share acquired experience and coordinate with the Public Security Ministry’s Standing Office for U.N. Peacekeeping Operations to build forces and carry out pre-deployment training.

The two sides agreed to further work together to well carry out U.N. peacekeeping operations in the coming time, raise the quality of advisory work, and foster international cooperation in joining the activities.

On the occasion, the mission of the Public Security Ministry’s Standing Office for U.N. Peacekeeping Operations visited the VNDPKO’s training facilities and were briefed on its functions, missions, personnel organization as well as activities of Vietnamese peacekeepers at U.N. missions.

Translated by Tran Hoai