Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien, Deputy Defense Minister, Head of the Inter-sectoral Working Group, and Head of the MND’s Steering Committee for the Participation in U.N. Peacekeeping Operations chaired and spoke at the event.   

Sr. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien hands over the State President’s decision to four officers.

Of the four officers, Lieutenant Colonel Ly Thanh Tam, an officer of the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations, will undertake the duty as Commanding Officer of the Vietnamese Peacekeeping Force and Head of the Working Group in South Sudan. Col. Tam was previously deployed to the mission in 2020 as a military observer.

Maj. Luc Thai Ha will take on duty as an Intelligence Analysis Officer at the Mission in the Central African Republic, while Senior Captain Vu Quang Khai will assume the position as a Military Observer at the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). Senior Captain Nguyen Tien Thanh will work as a Military Observer at UNISFA. All the three officers are deployed to a peacekeeping mission for the first time.

Gen. Chien assigns missions to officers.

Speaking at the ceremony, Gen. Chien asked the deployed officers to strictly grasp and carry out the Party, State, and military’s foreign policy; strictly comply with military discipline, U.N. regulations, the host countries’ laws and regulations on ensuring security and safety of personnel, weapons, and equipment; uphold the traditions of the military and the Vietnamese “blue beret” force; and demonstrate bravery and professional competence to spread the image of the country and people of Vietnam and the Vietnam People's Army in the international arena.

He urged them to quickly adapt to new environment and demonstrate their foreign language mastery, organizational skills, situation handling, and professionalism. Notably, the peacekeepers should enhance solidarity and overcome difficulties to successfully complete assigned task.

The deputy defense minister believed that with solidarity and all-out efforts, the officers would successfully complete the tasks assigned by the Party, State, and military. He wished them successful completion of assigned missions, good health, and absolute safety.

Sr. Col. Pham Manh Thang speaks at the event.

According to Senior Colonel Pham Manh Thang, Director of the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Vietnam has sent 792 military and seven public security officers to U.N. peacekeeping missions and U.N headquarters. Of the 83 personnel who have completed their missions and returned home, 25 have been highly praised and presented certificates of merit by the U.N.

Lt. Col. Ly Thanh Tam on behalf of the deployed officers speaks at the event.

Vietnam’s further participation in peacekeeping operations demonstrates the country’s position in the international arena as well as its efforts and commitment to common missions, contributing to building global peace and security.   

Translated by Tran Hoai