The consensus was reached at the second Vietnam-France Defense Policy Dialogue co-chaired by Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Vietnam’s Deputy Defense Minister, and Vice Admiral Hervé de Bonnaventure, Deputy-Director General for International Relations and Strategy under the French Ministry of Defense on January 11 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The two sides sign the minutes of the dialogue

Accordingly, the two sides will increase meetings, exchange of delegations, especially high-ranking delegations of Vietnamese and French military officers, as well as visits of naval vessels.

Apart from promoting the efficiency of the bilateral defense policy dialogues, Vietnam and France will cooperate and support each other at multilateral forums, while expanding collaboration in such areas as navigation and aviation security and safety, and response to non-traditional security issues.

The French side wants to beef up defense ties with Vietnam to contribute to peace, stability and development.

The dialogue took place at an important time, marking the adjustment of the defense cooperation mechanism between Vietnam and France in order to bring about tangible outcomes suitable with the new situation, said the French Vice-Admiral.

The event was also held in the context that the two countries are celebrating the 45th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties and five years of the establishment of their strategic partnership.

Source: PAN/VNA

Translated by Song Anh