Sr. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien

At the talk, General Chien spoke highly of the cooperation between the U.N. and Vietnam over the past 40 years, especially amid the complicated developments of COVID-19 pandemic across the globe. He affirmed that the U.N. is an important mechanism for Vietnam in implementing its foreign policies of independence, self-reliance, diversification, multilateralization, and proactive and active international integration.

The Vietnamese deputy defense minister briefed the U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations on outcomes of the cooperation programs on war legacy settlement in Vietnam, stressing on the message of reconciliation and cooperation to address war legacies and look forward to the future. He also informed the U.N. official about the operations of the Vietnamese forces deployed to U.N. peacekeeping missions, training, preparation of military engineers, and so on.

U.N. Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix (L) and Sr. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien at the talk

For his part, U.N. Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix highly appreciated Vietnam's contribution as a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, the country’s supports for the U.N.’s initiatives such as the Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) and the A4P priorities for 2021-2023 (A4P+). He applauded Vietnam for sending female officers to U.N. peacekeeping missions at a higher rate than the U.N.’s recommended rate in the past seven years. The U.N. official valued Vietnam’s commitment to a more active participation to the U.N. peacekeeping operations and promised to create favorable conditions for its deployment of an engineer company in the time to come. He hoped Vietnam will back and join the forthcoming U.N. Peacekeeping Ministerial Conference in Seoul, the Republic of Korea in December this year.

The two sides agreed to continue to boost cooperation in fields such as U.N. peacekeeping operations, settlement of war legacy, maritime law enforcement, sustainable development, responses to climate changes, natural disasters, and humanitarian assistance and disaster consequence relief.

Translated by Trung Thanh