During the meeting, both sides reviewed the implementation of the 3-year cooperation plan (2018-2021), discussed future cooperation activities, and exchanged views on regional and international situations of mutual concern. The two sides also wished to further promote bilateral defense relations, and pledged to support the rules-based international order as well as the role of multilateral institutions.

They agreed to continue strengthening delegation exchanges at all levels, with priority given to United Nations’ peacekeeping missions, maritime security, training activities, and bilateral dialogue mechanisms.

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At the event

According to Gen. Vu Chien Thang, bilateral dialogue is an important mechanism for the two sides to share their views on strategic issues, as well as contents to promote cooperation in the coming time.

He also asked New Zealand to continue assisting Vietnam in enhancing the English proficiency of its forces participating in UN peacekeeping missions, sharing updated information on the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), and strategic adjustments at this mission.

In addition, the two sides showed a consensus on expanding cooperation in various areas of intelligence and military medicine; manufacturing medical equipment for COVID-19 prevention and control; and improving capacity and sharing experiences in cyber security.

Besides, Thang also informed his counterpart of information on multilateral activities during Vietnam's tenure as ASEAN Chair and a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC), and proposed directions for defense cooperation between the two defense ministries in the future.

The New Zealand side shared about the progress of drafting its Defense White Paper; expressed its desire to contribute to maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea; committed to support Vietnam's ASEAN chairmanship and stressed the importance of collaboration in dealing with non-traditional security challenges.

Translated by Lam Anh