At the reception, General Giang warmly welcomed the guests to Vietnam, reaffirming that the Vietnam-RoK relationship has been increasingly developing since the establishment of their diplomatic ties 30 years ago.

Scene at the reception

He hoped that the two defense ministries will continue to enhance friendship in a more effective and practical manner in various fields, particularly in delegation exchange, deputy ministerial levels’ dialogue, U.N. peacekeeping officers’ training, defense industry, and settlement of war legacy in Vietnam.

Defense Minister General Phan Van Giang (right) presents a souvenir to RoK Deputy Defense Minister Park Jae-min.

Minister Phan Van Giang expressed his thanks to the RoK Government for supporting Vietnam in the COVID-19 fight, affirming that the Vietnam People's Army, as the key force on the front-line of the pandemic prevention and control, is determined to ensure safety for both Vietnamese and foreign citizens living in Vietnam, including RoK citizens.

The defense minister emphasized that the Covid-19 pandemic is not a problem of a single country. In the context that the pandemic has not shown any signs of being controlled, it is necessary for the international community to join hands to fight the disease.

Delegates posing for a joint photo

General Giang said he expected to welcome the Korean Minister of National Defense to visit Vietnam at an appropriate time.

For his part, Deputy Minister Park Jae-min informed Minister Giang about the outcomes of the ninth Vietnam-RoK Defense Policy Dialogue and applauded efforts of both sides to successfully hold the event amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, he affirmed to make greater contributions to accelerating the bilateral defense relations between the two countries in the time to come.

Sr. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien (right) and Mr. Park Jae-min

* Earlier, Deputy Defense Minister Sr. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien and RoK Deputy Defense Minister Park Jae-min co-chaired the ninth Vietnam-RoK Defense Policy Dialogue.

At the event, the two sides exchanged views on global security situations and discussed regional and international issues of mutual concern to enhance trust and understanding.

At the ninth Vietnam-RoK Defense Policy Dialogue

Regarding the bilateral defense cooperation, the two sides spoke highly of the cooperation results that have been achieved since the eighth Vietnam – RoK Defense Policy Dialogue in 2019 in several areas such as delegation exchange, personnel training.

Delegates to the dialogue in a joint photo

Both sides agreed to continue enhancing cooperation in defense industry, settlement of war legacy, marine security, activities related to U.N. peacekeeping operations, COVID-19 prevention and control, and coordination activities at forums within the multilateral framework, especially cooperation mechanisms led by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Translated by Trung Thanh