The briefing was chaired by Senior Colonel Pham Manh Thang, the department’s Deputy Director.

Scene of the event in Hanoi

During the event, representatives from defense agencies and military units under the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense were briefed on the projects “Critical Maritime Routes in the Indian Ocean”, and “Enhancing security cohesion in and with Asia”, which were presented by E.U. representatives in Belgium’s capital of Brussels.

The briefing was an activity to specify the outcomes of the second Vietnam - E.U.  defense-security online dialogue which took place last December. It was also a chance for the two sides to promote mutual understanding and seek future cooperation opportunities, contributing to developing the Vietnam - E.U. defense cooperation on the basis of mutual benefits and in accordance with each side’s needs and capabilities.

Over the past time, the defense ties between Vietnam and the E.U. have been strengthened and gradually become an important pillar in the Vietnam - E.U. comprehensive cooperation partnership.

Furthermore, the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense and the E.U. External Action Service issued a joint press release on defense-security cooperation in August 2019.  In 2019, Vietnam and the E.U. also signed a framework agreement on Vietnam’s participation in E.U. crisis management activities (FPA) in 2019. Attentively, since 2019, Vietnam and the E.U. have co-hosted annual Vietnam - E.U. defense-security dialogues.

Translated by Mai Huong