The grand welcoming ceremony for Minister Nyamaa Enkhbold took place at the Vietnamese Defense Ministry’s headquarters yesterday afternoon under the chair of Defense Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich.

Defense Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich (R) welcomes Mongolian Minister of Defense Nyamaa Enkhbold on November 28

The two defense ministers review the guard of honor of the Vietnam People's Army

The visit took place at a time when the traditional friendship between Vietnam and Mongolia is developing fruitfully. The Mongolian government and people have always treasured and hoped to accelerate ties with Vietnam in all areas, including the defense sector. The visit, which is also part of activities in celebration of the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the Vietnam-Mongolia diplomatic relations (November 17, 1954/ November 17, 2019), contributes to enhancing political trust and fostering practical cooperation between the two countries.

At the bilateral talks after the grand ceremony, the two ministers exchanged views on regional and global matters of mutual concern, and proposed measures to improve defense cooperation in the time to come. In addition, the two senior defense officials agreed to support the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and to settle disputes in the East Sea by peaceful means on the basis of international law.

The two sides at the bilateral talks

The two ministers held that the traditional friendship between Vietnam and Mongolia that was founded by President Ho Chi Minh and President Tsedenbal has been growing nicely. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 65 years ago, the bilateral relationship has thrived in many areas such as diplomacy, economy, trade, investment, agriculture and education while political trust has been strengthened.

Particularly in 2013, the two defense ministries signed a memorandum of understanding on bilateral cooperation, under which they agreed to facilitate collaboration in the exchange of delegations, training, UN peacekeeping operations, and natural disaster response.

The two ministers sign a government-level agreement on defense cooperation.

They also vowed to step up defense cooperation within the framework of an agreement reached between the two governments, including the establishment of a joint working group to boost ties in foreign language training, military medicine, culture and arts, military sports, UN peacekeeping operations, logistics and defense industry.

Following the talks, the two ministers signed a government-level agreement on defense cooperation.

Translated by Trung Thanh