VOV.VN -Defence Minister Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich assured Vietnam’s recognition of great importance to developing relations with the Philippines at a reception for Philippine Undersecretary of National Defence Lieut. Gen. Cardozo M. Luna in Hanoi on August 9.
Lich welcomed Cardozo M. Luna’s visit to Vietnam and his participation in a Vietnam-Philippines defence policy dialogue, which he deemed to be a very important mechanism aiming to reach common perceptions on regional and international security issues as well as agreed upon measures to push forward bilateral defence ties.
High-ranking leaders consented to upgrade bilateral relations to a strategic partnership in 2015, ushering a new development period of the two countries’ relationship across a variety of fields, especially defence. Both sides have intensified all-level delegation exchange and cooperation in naval affairs, law enforcement at sea and personnel training, Lich said.
The Philippine guest, in turn, expressed hope that the effective realization of contents agreed by the two sides will contribute to further augmenting bilateral collaboration in a pragmatic, comprehensive and effective manner.
Defence ties between the two nations will focus on accelerating the implementation of an agreement on bilateral defence cooperation, deepening existing cooperation areas and increasing collaboration on a host of new areas such as young officer exchange, cooperation in defence industry, logistics and military medicine, and sharing of experience in joining UN peacekeeping operations.
Earlier, Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh and Lieut. Gen. Cardozo M. Luna co-chaired the third Vietnam-Philippines Defence Policy Dialogue at deputy ministerial level.
Both sides updated each other on the outcomes of the meeting of the joint working group on Vietnam-Philippines defence cooperation and concurred to assess cooperation areas within the framework of the agreement on bilateral defence cooperation.
They agreed to strengthen delegation exchange and high-level meetings on the sidelines of multilateral events, maintaining personnel exchanges on the Song Tu Tay (Southwest Cay) and Song Tu Dong (Northeast Cay) islands.
The two countries are about to hold reciprocal visits by naval ships and rescue fishermen in distress at sea while boosting logistics and defence industry collaboration, professional exchange in the fields of flight safety and aviation medicine, and sharing of experience in UN peacekeeping missions.