Vietnam and Cambodia have agreed to intensify defence cooperation in 2021, with the focus on stepping up border checks and patrols to prevent illegal entry and exit so as to contribute to each country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
ASEAN needs to strengthen defence cooperation among member states as well as with partner countries to address traditional and non-traditional security challenges in the context of geopolitical and geostrategic shifts globally.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc spoke of his appreciation for results of cooperation between the Vietnam and Laos Ministries of Defence at a May 14 reception in Hanoi for Sen. Lt. Gen. Suvon Luongbunmi, Deputy Defence Minister and Chief of the General Staff of the Lao People’s Army, currently on an official visit to Vietnam.
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said he wants stronger defence cooperation with Myanmar during a reception for Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services of Myanmar, Sen. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing in Naypyidaw on August 25.
Vietnam attaches importance to defence cooperation with Thailand, and the Ministry of Defence will create favourable conditions for Thai military attachés to fulfil their duties in Vietnam, said a Vietnamese senior officer.