Members of Level-2 Field Hospital No 2 and officials pose for a photo before leaving for the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan in November 2019 (Photo: VNA)
– Bilateral and
multilateral defence diplomacy has been carried out in a proactive, flexible,
creative, effective, and substantive manner, continuing to serve as one of the
pillars in Vietnam’s diplomacy and help raise the country’s role, stature, and
prestige in the world.
The assessment was made at a teleconference held
by the Ministry of National Defence on July 15 to review international defence
integration and defence diplomacy in the first half of 2021.
A report at the event noted that during the
reviewed period, the Central Military Commission and the Defence Ministry
directed international defence integration and defence diplomacy in line with
the Party and State’s foreign policy.
Notably, cooperation with foreign partners have
been promoted in fighting COVID-19, discussing the possibility of transferring
COVID-19 vaccine production technology, and sending military personnel to
overseas training courses. Besides, defence diplomacy communications have been
conducted effectively and in conformity with the Party and State’s principles,
viewpoints, guidelines, and policies.
Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien addresses the meeting on July 15 (Photo: dangcongsan.vn)
Applauding relevant agencies and units’
achievements in international integration and defence diplomacy, Deputy
Minister of National Defence Sen. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien asked them to
uphold the attainments and address difficulties caused by the pandemic to
fulfil tasks in the last six months of the year.
He told the border guard, naval, and coast guard
forces to proactively boost coordination in border management and protection
with their counterparts of neighbouring countries while pairing more Vietnamese
communities and forces in border areas with the neighbours’ peers.
Chien requested all-round preparations for
participating in the Army Games 2021, promotion of the signing of international
defence agreements and treaties, along with the enhancement of international
cooperation in defence industry, military technique, military medicine, search
and rescue, non-traditional security, and COVID-19 combat.
Relevant agencies and units also need to
maintain and consider expanding Vietnam’s participation in activities of the UN
peacekeeping missions in South Sudan and the Central African Republic, and at
the UN headquarters. They should continue working to prepare for Vietnamese
engineers to take part in peacekeeping operations, deploy Level-2 Field
Hospital No 4 and military police personnel, and build the national coordination
centre for UN peacekeeping, according to the Deputy Minister./.