Addressing the event, General Thang affirmed that amid the complicated development of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam and Singapore have maintained cooperation in many fields, showing the determination, activeness and creativeness of both sides in boosting bilateral defense cooperation.

At the meeting

For his part, Colonel Amos Yeo congratulated the Vietnamese MND on its successful organization of defense-military events in 2020 as Vietnam undertakes the ASEAN Chair, reaffirming the absolute support of Singapore to Vietnam’s successful fulfillment of the ASEAN Chair 2020. He also thanked Vietnam for always supporting Singaporean initiatives in multilateral forums.

Lieutenant General Vu Chien Thang expressed his hope that Singapore would continue supporting and closely cooperating with Vietnam as the host of defense-military events in the coming time, including the 17th ASEAN Chiefs of Defense Forces' Meeting (ACDFM-17), the ASEAN Defense Senior Officials' Meeting (ADSOM), the ASEAN Defense Senior Officials' Meeting Plus (ADSOM+), the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting (ADMM), and the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM+).

At the meeting, the two sides agreed that the bilateral defense cooperation has been promoted through the implementation of some practical cooperation contents, such as delegation exchanges, training, and consultations relating to Vietnam’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2020. Several cooperation contents which have not yet been implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be conducted in a suitable form in the time to come.

In the coming time, the two sides will continue cooperating in various fields, focusing on delegation exchanges, training, young officer exchanges, search and rescue, and military medicine. Among them, some will be implemented online if the COVID-19 pandemic is still lingering.

The conference aimed to promote Vietnam-Singapore defense cooperation, contributing to peace, stability and security of the region as well as enhancing and boosting their bilateral strategic partnership.

Translated by Minh Anh