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Defense Minister General Phan Van Giang and Ambassador of South Africa to Vietnam Vuyiswa Tulelo

At the reception, General Phan Van Giang congratulated Mrs. Vuyiswa Tulelo on her new appointment as Ambassador to Vietnam and expressed his strong belief that the South African diplomat will have a successful term of office in Vietnam, contributing to consolidating and further promoting the Vietnam - South Africa Partnership for cooperation and development of the bilateral relationship and defense cooperation.

The Vietnamese Defense Minister emphasized that Vietnam always treasures the relationship with South Africa and highly appreciates the role and position of the country in the international and regional arena. He also appreciates South Africa's contribution to the U.N.'s peacekeeping activities in Africa.

General Giang said that despite the geographical distance, Vietnam and South Africa have always maintained a close relationship through the struggle for national independence, socio-economic development cause, and current cooperative relations promotion on the basis of Partnership for cooperation and development.

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At the reception

Regarding defense cooperation, the Vietnamese defense leader said that South Africa is an effective cooperative partner of Vietnam in Africa. On the basis of the agreement on defense ties signed in 2006, the two sides have fostered their cooperation in such fields as exchange of delegations, consultation - dialogue, training, defense industry, logistics, and military medicine.

General Giang emphasized that the defense cooperation between Vietnam and South Africa still has ample room for development. He hoped that Ambassador Vuyiswa Tulelo would pay attention to strengthening and deepening existing cooperation fields and study and expand their relationship in potential ones with a focus on exchange of delegations. 

The Vietnamese Defense Minister hoped that the two sides will continue maintaining consultation and dialogue mechanisms, including the Defense Policy Dialogue at the Deputy Ministerial level, strengthen cooperation in U.N. peacekeeping and defense industry.

For her part, Ambassador Vuyiswa Tulelo thanked General Phan Van Giang for the reception. The South African diplomat expressed her delight at the fruitful development of the relations between the two countries over the past time for peace and sustainable stability.

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Defense Minister General Phan Van Giang presents a souvenir to Ambassador of South Africa to Vietnam Vuyiswa Tulelo.

Ambassador Vuyiswa Tulelo affirmed that in her working position, she will actively contribute to promoting relations between the two countries, including defense cooperation.

Translated by Tran Hoai