At the reception, on behalf of the Vietnamese Defense Ministry,  General Chien thanked the Japanese diplomat for paying attention to fostering the defense cooperation between the two countries, especially for his contribution to the success of the official visit of Japanese Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo to Vietnam in September. During this visit, the two sides agreed on practical cooperation contents to contribute to strengthening the Vietnam-Japan defense cooperation and lifting it to a new height.

Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien (right) and Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Yamada Takio

On the basis of cooperation contents and programs inked by defense ministers of the two countries, the Vietnamese Deputy Defense Minister said that amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the two sides should flexibly foster their ties with a focus on maintaining delegation exchange and consultation and dialogue mechanisms and promoting cooperation in military medicine, cyber security, U.N. peacekeeping operations, settling war legacy and maritime security.  

On the occasion, General Chien thanked the Japanese Government for actively supporting Vietnam in the COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control, including its delivery of vaccines and vaccine storage chain to Vietnam as gifts. He expected that Japan will continue providing vaccines, medicine and medical supplies to Vietnam through different channels in the soonest time.

For his part, Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Yamada Takio highly appreciated the outcomes of the bilateral defense cooperation over the past time and hoped that the two defense ministries will continue promoting the implementation of cooperation contents reached by the two defense ministers.

The Japanese diplomat suggested the two sides build a plan on implementing a deal on equipment and technology transfer and accelerate negotiation to soon sign a memorandum of understanding on cyber security cooperation.

He affirmed that with the fine relationship between the two countries and its strength on technologies, Japan would like to participate more in programs and projects on settling war legacy in Vietnam.

Translated by Tran Hoai