Vietnam, Netherlands boost peacekeeping cooperation

Wednesday, 2017-03-15 04:50:02
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Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh (R) receives Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Nienke Trooster (source: dangcongsan.vn)
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NDO/VNA—The Netherlands wishes to expand its relations with Vietnam, including cooperation in peacekeeping activities between the two countries’ armies, Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Nienke Trooster has said.

The diplomat made the remark during a meeting with Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh in Hanoi on March 14 when she led a delegation from the Netherlands’ Ministry of Defence to visit the Vietnamese senior officer.

She said defence cooperation between the two countries has contributed to enhancing bilateral ties.

Briefing the host on the results of a working session between the delegation and representatives of Vietnam’s Peace Keeping Centre, the ambassador said the two sides agreed to boost exchanges of experts, experience sharing and training support for peacekeeping.

She also expressed her joy at Vietnam’s successes in UN peacekeeping operations over the last three years.

For his part, Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh lauded the ability and experience of the Dutch Army in providing humanitarian assistance and peacekeeping.

The two defence ministries have considered the UN peacekeeping cooperation a priority for defence ties between the two countries, he said, stressing the need for the two sides to enhance experience sharing and exchanges of delegations at all levels.