At the conference, participants agreed that over the past three months, defense external affairs, in both bilateral and multilateral spheres, obtained good results.

All defense agencies and military units actively promoted external relations under the direction of the Central Military Commission and the Ministry of National Defense and in line with the 2019 defense affairs program.

Lieutenant General Vu Chien Thang chairing the conference

They also paid due attention to expanding defense cooperation with neighboring countries, ASEAN member states, and traditional partners, contributing to enhancing mutual trust, maintaining a peaceful and stable environment for national development as well as raising the position of the country and the military, and facilitating the building of the military in the current period.

For the second quarter of this year, the defense relations sector should continue to implement the approved plans, closely monitor developments in the region and the world to give timely recommendations to the Party and State on approaches to promote defense relations and defense cooperation with foreign countries, as well as work with the Party’s and State’s agencies in charge of foreign relations to prepare foreign relations documents for the overseas visits of senior Party, State and military leaders, and for their meetings with foreign leaders visiting Vietnam.

Furthermore, the participants emphasized the importance of promoting bilateral defense cooperation while engaging actively and proactively in multilateral defense cooperation mechanisms, and well preparing for the deployment of the Level-two Field Hospital No.2 and Vietnamese military engineering contingent to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The sector should also prepare for the hosting of defense meetings when Vietnam takes over the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020, and further enhance dissemination of information about outcomes of Vietnam’s international cooperation in overcoming war-left consequences, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief.

Translated by Van Hieu