Minister of National Defence Sen. Lt. Gen. Phan Van Giang at the talks (Photo: VNA)
– Minister of National Defence Sen. Lt. Gen. Phan Van Giang
talked over phone with his Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan on May
Discussing the growth of the Vietnam – Canada diplomatic relations since it was
established in 1973, they said the ties have thrived on par with the nations’
comprehensive partnership across economy, trade, investment, and education. The
bilateral defence cooperation, meanwhile, has grown toward effectiveness, with
the sides implementing their memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the
collaboration and achieving encouraging outcomes in training, peacekeeping and
Sajjan congratulated Giang on his new post as defence
minister of Vietnam, and lauded the country’s role in ASEAN, as well as the
bloc’s role in leading and fostering the establishment of multilateral security
cooperation mechanisms like the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM
Plus). The ADMM-Plus is a platform for the bloc and its eight dialogue partners
– Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Russia
and the United States - to strengthen security and defence cooperation.
The Canadian official hoped the Vietnamese Ministry of
National Defence to back Canada’s efforts in joining the ADMM Plus.
He also took the occasion to commend efforts of the
Vietnamese Government and army in implementing effective COVID-19 prevention
and control measures.
For his part, Giang affirmed the new leaders of Vietnam
continue consistently pressing ahead with the nation’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralisation and
diversification as well as defence policy of peace and self-defence,
contributing to the regional and global peace.
Praising Canada’s role in the region and the world, he said
Vietnam wants to enhance relations with the country on the basis of equality
and mutual benefits.
Both ministers agreed to further bilateral defence
engagements in existing areas in line with the MoU with a focus on delegation
exchange, dialogue, consultation, training, defence industry, peacekeeping, and
marine security. They also mentioned joint research regarding possibilities for
the sides to cooperate in military medicine against COVID-19.
They expressed their belief that the ties will be deepened
toward practical outcomes and mutual benefits for peace and development
regionally and globally./.