At the talks

At the meeting, Major General Vu Trung Kien welcomed Vice Admiral Shiraishi Masami and the Japan Coast Guard delegation to Vietnam, believing that the delegation's visit will contribute to strengthening friendship, cooperation, and mutual understanding and trust between the two forces.

The guest affirmed that the Vietnam Coast Guard is a very important partner of the JCG. On this occasion, Vice Admiral Shiraishi Masami handed over a letter from JCG’s Commander to Commander of the Vietnam Coast Guard to invite him to visit Japan in 2023.

As planned, the Japanese side will host the Global Coast Guard Chiefs’ Conference in Tokyo this year. Vice Admiral Shiraishi Masami expressed his hope that leaders of the Vietnam Coast Guard Command would attend this event.

Major General Vu Trung Kien (right) presenting a souvenir to Vice Admiral Shiraishi Masami

At the talks, the two sides evaluated the implementation of contents on cooperation between the Vietnam Coast Guard and the JCG. Since September 2015, after the Vietnam Coast Guard and the JCG signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation, the relationship between the two forces has developed strongly. The two sides have coordinated to well implement bilateral activities. Up to now, the two sides have alternately held eight bilateral conferences. The JCG has sent eight ships to visit and exchange with the Vietnam Coast Guard and participate in joint exercises on search and rescue at sea.

The two sides have also organized six programs to share experience on the coast guard legal system and law enforcement at sea and one training course on procedures for checking ships. In addition, the JCG has also coordinated with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to support the Vietnam Coast Guard in organizing training courses to improve the ability of enforcing law at sea, conducting search and rescue activities, and protecting the environment.

In 2023, the two sides have agreed to continue implementing and promoting activities within the framework of bilateral and multilateral cooperation; participate in training on law enforcement at sea; hold the 10th bilateral conference between the two forces in Japan. They will continue to organize delegation exchange programs at all levels, conferences, seminars, friendship visits by ships of the two sides in order to strengthen cooperation, exchange, and experience sharing.

Delegates in a joint photo

Major General Vu Trung Kien affirmed that the bilateral cooperation between the two forces is on the right track. He believed that cooperation activities of the two sides will be intensively carried out, obtaining important achievements in the coming time.

Translated by Tran Hoai