Vietnam, France step up defense ties

02:11 PM | 06/23/2015

( - Minister of Defense General Phung Quang Thanh met with his French counterpart Jean- Yves Le Drian in Paris on June 19 during the Vietnamese Defence Ministry delegation’s working trip in Europe.

French Minister of Defense Jean- Yves Le Drian receives Minister of Defense General Phung Quang Thanh.

Minister Phung Quang Thanh affirmed Vietnam always treasured relations with France, also stressed that the strategic partnership of the two countries brought new opportunities and potentials for cooperation in various fields including defence.

He spoke highly of France’s crucial role in Europe and in the world and expressed thanks to France for its support of Vietnam in the process of joining the International Hydrographic Organisation.

For his part, the French Defense Minister hailed Vietnam’s socio-economic achievement; simultaneously affirmed that the southeastern country had demonstrated its increasingly important role in the international arena as well as in building the ASEAN Community.

He emphasized France’s intention to boost ties with Vietnam across the fields, particularly in defence.

The two defence ministers shared the view that defence collaboration in the past few years had seen development as seen in the exchange of delegation, the sharing of experience in military medicine, training and hydrography as well as in peacekeeping activities of the United Nations.

They agreed to promote these activities in the coming time, while creating favourable conditions for French defence enterprises to gain access to Vietnamese market.

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