Vietnamese Minister of National Defence Senior Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang (Photo: VNA)
Minister of National Defence Senior Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang on May 7 expressed his
hope that Vietnam and Cambodia will make every effort to strengthen and deepen
their defence links, maintaining its role as a pillar of bilateral ties.
talks with Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Samdech
Picheysena Tea Banh, Giang stressed that in any circumstance, the Vietnamese Party, State, and army always attach
great importance to the fine neighbourliness, traditional friendship, and
comprehensive cooperation with Cambodia.
Regarding the ongoing
COVID-19 outbreak in Cambodia, Giang said Vietnam stands side-by-side with its
neighbour in the pandemic fight and will do its best to help it overcome the difficulties.
The Cambodian minister, for his part, thanked Vietnam for its timely dispatch of experts and
medical supplies to Cambodia.
Giang on his appointment as Minister of National Defence and expressed his
belief that he will make a significant contribution to cooperation between the armies
of the two countries.
The two ministers said that,
amid COVID-19, the Vietnamese and Cambodian defence ministries have sought
suitable and effective forms of cooperation, especially in training, border
protection, and mutual support in COVID-19 prevention and control.
They stressed the
need for the two sides to further revamp their cooperation methods,
particularly in political and ideological education, the maintenance of defence
policy dialogue mechanism, personnel training, management of the shared borderline and the fight against
cross-border crime, smuggling, trade fraud, drug trafficking, and illegal exit
The two countries will
also support each other at multilateral forums to which both are members, the ministers promised./.