Deputy Defense Minister Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien, Head of the MND’s Steering Committee on Vietnam’s Participation in U.N. Peacekeeping Operations, attended the event. The meeting also saw the presence of Lieutenant General Phung Si Tan, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army; representatives of embassies and defense attachés of Australia, the U.S.A., Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and Russia to Vietnam.

General Chien addresses the event.

On behalf of the Central Military Commission and the MND, General Chien acknowledged great efforts of and initial outcomes gained by the Intersectoral Working Group and relevant agencies and units under the MND, especially the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations (VNDPKO), Military Hospital 175, Military Medical University, and Engineering Corps, and praised them for their effective mutual support during the deployment of Vietnamese peacekeepers.

Delegates at the event

The deputy defense minister asked units to make through preparations for the two aforementioned units to meet the U.N.’s criteria.

He requested the L2FH Rotation 4 to pay attention to exercising COVID-19 prevention and control regulations and follow professional procedures during the treatment for foreign patients in South Sudan; the Engineering Company Rotation 1 to focus on command, direction, and operational work and on using heavy engineering equipment, ensuring security, safety and good fitness for the engineers in the host country, especially in the first period of time working at the U.N. peacekeeping mission.

General Chien talks with foreign delegates at the event.

He also urged relevant units to speed up legal preparedness, the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the U.N. on the deployment of the Engineering Company Rotation 1 before it undertakes duties at the U.N. Interim Security Force for Abyei. (UNISFA).

According to Major General Hoang Kim Phung, Director of the VNDPKO, the Engineering Company Rotation 1 consists of 203 members, including 21 female engineers. These engineers have professional expertise, good fitness, good command of foreign languages, and good political stance.

Delegates pose for a photo.

General Phung added that along with the L2FH, the engineering company will play a role in providing humanitarian aid, helping U.N. peacekeeping missions complete their tasks, contributing to peacekeeping, national reconstruction, bringing about a peaceful and stable life to the host countries, and early safeguarding the Vietnamese Fatherland from afar in peacetime.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Do Quyet, Director of the Military Medical University, said that the L2FH Rotation 4 has completed the staffing, with 71 members, of whom 63 are official. The members will take part in further training courses on healthcare, peacekeeping, pre-deployment, and other military contents.

Translated by Mai Huong