Vietnam greatly values its relationship with the EU, including defence ties, said Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh during a reception for Ambassador-Head of EU Delegation to Vietnam Giorgio Aliberti in Hanoi on October 8
Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh (R) and Ambassador-Head of EU Delegation to Vietnam Giorgio Aliberti (Photo: VNA)
Deputy Minister Vinh expressed the Vietnam Defence Ministry’s desire to work hand in hand with the EU Delegation in Vietnam so as to further boost defence ties between the two sides.
Vinh said he welcomes the visit by the Chairman of the EU Military Committee next year, and showed his wish that EU will support Vietnam during the year Vietnam serves as the Chair of ASEAN in 2020.
The head of EU Delegation to Vietnam hailed the positive development of the EU-Vietnam relationship, including the field of defence, adding that the EU hopes Vietnam will continue backing the EU’s engagement in defence-security structures in Asia-Pacific, including the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM).
The same day, Deputy Minister Vinh hosted the out-going and new Defence and Military Attachés, Naval Attachés and Air Attachés of the Thai Embassy in Vietnam.
Vinh applauded the growing defence cooperation between Vietnam and Thailand in the recent past, saying that the Vietnamese Defence Ministry is appreciative of the work of the Defence and Military Attaché, Naval Attaché and Air Attaché of Thailand during the past tenure.
The Deputy Defence Minister pledged to provide the best possible support for the new attachés to fulfill their duty and asked Thailand to help Vietnam when it holds the Chair of ASEAN in 2020.