Defence Cooperation Reflects Mutual Trust Between The Two Armies

Vietnam always attaches great importance to and prioritises the development of ties with Thailand.

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Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien and Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Gen. Narongpan Jittkaewtae. Source: qdnd.vn
Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien and Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Gen. Narongpan Jittkaewtae. Source: qdnd.vn

Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien has voiced support of cooperation contents reached during talks on November 8 between the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Lt. Gen. Nguyen Van Nghia and Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Gen. Narongpan Jittkaewtae, VNA reported.

Receiving the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army in Hanoi on November 8, Deputy Defence Minister Chien stressed that amidst the strong development of Vietnam-Thailand ties, their defence cooperation has also seen active progress, reflecting the mutual trust between the two armies.

He said as the two countries will mark the 10th anniversary of their strategic partnership in 2023, the two armies should actively roll out activities to enhance mutual trust, such as holding strategic discussion, exchanging delegations, and sharing experience in handling unconventional security issues.

Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien (right) receives Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Gen. Narongpan Jittkaewtae. Photo: VNA
Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien (right) receives Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Gen. Narongpan Jittkaewtae. Photo: VNA

Chien also suggested the two sides promote joint work in fields suitable with each side’s needs and strength like logistics, military medicine, search and rescue, and terrorism combat.

He took the occasion to invite leaders of the Defence Ministry and military of Thailand to attend the first Vietnam International Defence Expo in December.

The Thai Commander-in-Chief informed his host of the success of his talks with Deputy Chief of Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Nguyen Van Nghia, affirming that the two sides agreed to continue boosting their cooperation to contribute to the relationship between the two countries and bring a peaceful and happy life to their people.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army is in Hanoi to attend the 23rd ASEAN Chiefs of Army Multilateral Meeting (ACAMM-23).

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Lt. Gen. Nguyen Van Nghia welcomes Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Gen. Narongpan Jittkaewtae. Source: qdnd.vn
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Lt. Gen. Nguyen Van Nghia welcomes Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Gen. Narongpan Jittkaewtae. Source: qdnd.vn

During the talks between Deputy Chief of Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Lt. Gen. Nguyen Van Nghia and the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Gen. Narongpan Jittkaewtae, the two sides reached a consensus on a number of cooperation priorities in the time ahead.

They will maintain the exchange of information and assessment as well as delegations at all levels, continue cooperation in training, including language training, and expand collaboration to unconventional security fields like search and rescue, border management, cross-border crime control, terrorism combat, and sharing of experience in army’s involvement in poverty reduction.

The two sides also pledged to continue to consult and supporting each other at multilateral forums and events in the framework of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The talks between Deputy Chief of Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Lt. Gen. Nguyen Van Nghia and Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Gen. Narongpan Jittkaewtae. Source: qdnd.vn
The talks between Deputy Chief of Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Lt. Gen. Nguyen Van Nghia and Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Gen. Narongpan Jittkaewtae. Source: qdnd.vn

In October, Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen Hoang Xuan Chien also received Thai defence and army attaché Colonel Anupon Naksut, Thai navy attaché Captain Warun Weerakul, and Thai air attaché Colonel Prin Yongpiyanon in Hanoi.

Chien suggested that Thai attachés should continue to work closely with the Vietnamese side to effectively implement the cooperation agreements with a focus on all-level and high-level delegation exchanges, and the organisation of the fourth Vietnam – Thailand defence policy dialogue, and the optimising of existing cooperation mechanisms, the enhancement of collaboration and experience sharing between services and arms, and personnel training.

The host affirmed that the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence’s leaders always support and create optimal conditions for the strengthening of bilateral defence ties.

On behalf of the guests, Colonel Anupon Naksut thanked the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence for assisting Thai attachés to complete their tasks.

Holding that defence cooperation will continue to be one of the key pillars in the two countries’ strategic partnership, he affirmed that Thailand will continue to further beef up defence ties with Vietnam to be on par with the strategic partnership of the two countries. Thailand will send a delegation to the Vietnam International Defense Expo 2022 in Hanoi this December, he said.

Hannah Nguyen