Vietnam, New Zealand looks towards closer defence ties
Updated : Wednesday, November 07, 2018 11:16 AM (GMT+0700)

Vietnamese Minister of NationalDefence General Ngo Xuan Lich held talks with his New Zealand counterpart RonMark in Wellington on November 5 following an official welcome ceremony withtraditional Maori rituals for the former.

Vietnamese Minister of National Defence General Ngo Xuan Lich (L) hold talks with his
New Zealand counterpart Ron Mark in Wellington on November 5 - Photo: VNA

Welcoming Lich and his high-ranking military delegation to NewZealand, Mark said “New Zealand is committed to enhancing defence cooperationwith Vietnam in peacekeeping, maritime security, professional militaryeducation and training and through strategic dialogue”.

“Minister Lich’s visit is an opportunity to further deepenregional security cooperation and to support the elevation of bilateral relationsbetween our two countries”, he said.

Gen. Lich, for his part, affirmed that Vietnam attaches greatimportance to the Comprehensive Partnership with New Zealand. He expected thatthe visit would be a success, marking a new milestone in the bilateral defencepartnership and helping to deepen the Vietnam-New Zealand bilateral ties.

The two ministers exchanged views on issues of mutual concern andupdated each other on the socio-economic development of each country. They alsoreviewed the bilateral defence ties and outlined steps to foster the future cooperation.

They agreed that the defence cooperation between the two nationshas proven effective in line with signed agreements, particularly a Memorandumof Understanding on defence cooperation inked in 2013. However, there is stillhuge room for the two sides to further step up their defence ties, they said.

On that basis, the ministers agreed to continue regular exchangeof visits at all levels, effectively promote current dialogue mechanisms andenhance collaboration in foreign language training. 

The two countries will also reinforce the exchange of experiencesin naval and peacekeeping operations as well as coordination within theframework of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) and othermultilateral forums. In addition, they will take into account expanding theirdefence cooperation to other potential realms, such as natural disaster reliefthat both sides are capable and experienced.

Gen. Lich told his host that Vietnam will assume the annualrotating ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020 and the Vietnamese Ministry of NationalDefence will host the ADMM-Plus and celebrations for the mechanism’sanniversary the same year. Vietnam looks forward to gaining support from NewZealand for the success of these events, he said.

“I am confident that the bilateral defence relations will see newprogress in line with benefits of both our countries and for regional andglobal peace, security and development”, he said.

Regarding issues in the East Sea, the two ministers agreed thatterritorial disputes must be settled via peaceful measures on the basis ofinternational law, especially the 1982 United Nations on the Law of the Sea(UNCLOS). 

Lich has been on an official to New Zealand from November 5-9 atthe invitation of Minister of Defence Ron Mark.

Source: VNA

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