At the reception at the Headquarters of the Ministry of National Defense, General Lich congratulated the Singaporean diplomat on her achievements during her tenure in Vietnam and highlighted her contributions to developing the cooperative relationship between Vietnam and Singapore in general and the two militaries in particular.

General Lich receives out-going Singaporean ambassador.

Lich highly appreciated Singapore’s active support for Vietnam's ASEAN chairmanship in 2020 and ASEAN military and defense activities hosted by the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense in 2020, including the 14th ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting (ADMM-14), the 7th ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM+) and relevant activities.

For her part, Ambassador Catherine Wong thanked the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense for creating favorable conditions for her to fulfill all missions. She took the occasion to congratulate Vietnam on its fulfillment of Vietnam’s ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020 and highlighted their bilateral defense cooperation over the past time.

At the reception, the two sides highlighted the fruitful development of the Vietnam-Singapore strategic partnership and affirmed that these achievements contributed to consolidating intra-bloc friendship and raising the stature of each country in the ASEAN community and in the world. They also highly appreciated the effective cooperation between the two countries in defense policy dialogues, joint working groups, delegation exchanges, education, military medicine, and naval collaboration. Last year, despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the two countries actively and proactively cooperated in organizing online meetings to consult and share experience in fields of mutual concern.

Translated by Song Anh