Lieutenant General Vu Chien Thang co-chaired the event

At the meeting, both sides highly appreciated the results of the bilateral defense cooperation in the fields of military training, United Nations peacekeeping operations and maritime security. These contents have been consistent with the Memorandum of Bilateral Defense Cooperation signed by the two countries' defense ministers in 2019.

Regarding the orientations for the bilateral cooperation in the coming time, the two sides agreed to step up the implementation of the existing cooperation programs, and at the same time to develop a 3-year cooperation plan (2021-2023) as a basis for promoting the current defense cooperation between the two countries.

They also reached a consensus on strengthening Vietnam-Canada defense policy dialogue mechanisms, in which the defense consultation should serve as a strong foundation for the two sides to map out cooperation programs for the subsequent years.

On this occasion, Gen. Thang informed the Canadian side of the results of multilateral defense activities hosted by Vietnam as it assumes the ASEAN Chair in 2020 and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UN Security Council) for the period of 2020-2021.

At the event

He also stressed that Vietnam always appreciates the Canadian support and cooperation in ASEAN-led defense cooperation mechanisms, for regional peace, prosperity, and sustainable development, in accordance with ASEAN's fundamental principles.

For his part, the Canadian official highly appreciated the role and outstanding achievements that Vietnam has gained this year, and pledged to actively participate in regional defense cooperation mechanisms.

Translated by Lam Anh