This statement was made by Vietnamese Deputy Defense Minister Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien during his meeting with out-going and new Singaporean defense attachés on August 19.

At the meeting

He affirmed that the Vietnamese Government and Ministry of National Defense always treasure the strategic partnership between the two countries, considering it as a premise to strengthen bilateral defense cooperation which is constantly expanding, deepening and becoming more and more effective in various fields, such as delegation exchange at all levels, dialogue and exchange of young officers, support for each other at multilateral forums,  thus contributing to promoting mutual political trust between the two militaries and peoples.

General Chien also acknowledged and hailed the contribution of the out-going defense attaché Colonel Tan Chong Kuang Edmund over the past time. Despite the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, Colonel Tan Chong Kuang Edmund has well completed his assigned tasks, making contribution to the Vietnam-Singapore defense cooperation.

Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien presents a souvenir to Colonel Tan Chong Kuang Edmund.

Congratulating Colonel Bernard Ng Yu Long for his appointment, General Chien asked him to further beef up and effectively implement agreed cooperation contents. He also committed to creating favorable conditions for the newly-appointed defense attaché to fulfill his assigned missions, contributing to comprehensively and effectively promoting the bilateral defense cooperation.

Given the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Vietnamese deputy defense minister urged Singapore to continue to support and cooperate with Vietnam in providing medical supplies and transferring vaccine production technology.

For his part, Colonel Chong Kuang Edmund thanked the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense for supporting him in his position, hoping that it will further help Colonel Bernard Ng Yu Long to perform his task as the Singaporean defense attaché to Vietnam.

Translated by Minh Anh