Deputy Defense Minister Hoang Xuan Chien and his Japanese counterpart Tsuchimichi Akihiro at the meeting

At the meeting, the two officials expressed their delight at the flourishing development of the Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership and effective cooperation in different areas, including bilateral defense ties.

They emphasized that over the past time, despite the COVID-19-caused impacts, the bilateral defense cooperation has been maintained and boosted, especially in exchange of delegations, military medicine, training, U.N. peacekeeping operations, and mutual support at multilateral forums.

Both Vietnamese and Japanese deputy defense ministers consented to strengthen concrete and substantive defense cooperation with a focus on all-level delegation exchange, war legacy settlement through projects using the Japanese Government’s official development assistance (ODA) and non-refundable aid, and improvement of maritime law enforcement capacity.

The two sides also agreed to continue to consult with and support each other at multilateral forums, and closely work together to fulfill their role as co-chairs of the experts’ working group of the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Plus on peacekeeping operations for the 2021-2023 period.

Reported by Thu Trang from Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Translated by Mai Huong