Defence Minister receives Lao and Australian counterparts

Tuesday, 2020-02-18 21:10:21
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Minister of National Defence Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich (R) meets with his Lao counterpart Gen. Chansamone Chanyalath in Hanoi on February 18, 2020. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – Vietnamese Minister of Defence Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich had separate meetings with his Lao and Australian counterparts in Hanoi on February 18, within the framework of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Retreat (ADMM Retreat).

At the meeting with Defence Minister of Laos, Gen. Chansamone Chanyalath, the host welcomed the Lao People’s Army delegation to the ADMM Retreat held from February 18 to 20. Minister Lich said this is an important meeting that will set the directions for ASEAN defence and military cooperation for 2020 and the following years, as well as contribute to the success of the ADMM Plus.

Vietnam hopes Laos and other ASEAN members will join hands to consolidate defence - military cooperation mechanisms and build an ASEAN Community that is cohesive and responsive to external factors in line with the theme “Defence cooperation for a cohesive and responsive ASEAN” for 2020 chosen by the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence, Lich noted.

At the reception hosted by Minister Lich, Senator Linda Reynolds, Australian Defence Minister, lauded the Vietnamese Defence Ministry for holding an informal meeting between ASEAN and Australia defence ministers.

The Australian minister committed the highest support for activities hosted by Vietnam, and pledged to further assist Vietnam in improving foreign language capacity, and transporting forces from the level-2 field hospital of the Vietnam’s peacekeeping mission, thus helping Vietnam fulfil its assigned tasks.