On November 28, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh and Minister of State for Defense Earl Howe co-chaired the first Vietnam-U.K. Defense Policy Dialogue at the headquarters of the U.K. Ministry of Defense.

Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh shaking hands with Minister of State for Defense Earl Howe 

Taking place in the context that the two countries are celebrating the 45th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-U.K. diplomatic ties, the deputy ministerial-level defense policy dialogue has practically contributed to strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries for peace, stability, cooperation and development.

At the dialogue, the two sides highly valued the important outcomes of the Vietnam-U.K. defense cooperation over the past time and agreed to foster cooperation in delegation exchange, training and defense industry.

General Vinh thanked the U.K. for supporting Vietnam’s preparation for and deployment of its level-two field hospital No.1 to the UN Mission in South Sudan.

For his part, Earl Howe spoke highly of the professional and effective working spirit of the Vietnamese military medical staff in the UN Mission in South Sudan and pledged to continue working with Vietnam in preparing for the deployment of its medical and engineering units to UN missions in the coming time.

On the occasion, the host and the guest singed a document on cooperation on geo-space field and exchanged information about the regional and international situation.

In the framework of the visit, General Vinh will meet General Nicholas Patrick Carter, Chief of the General Staff of the U.K. Army and Minister of State for the Foreign Affairs, and work with the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Royal United Services Institute, and some local defense businesses.

Translated by Tran Hoai