Defense Cooperation – A Key Pillar in Vietnam-France Relations

General Phan Van Giang emphasized that defense cooperation is a crucial component of the strategic partnership between Vietnam and France.

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Vietnam always values its relationship with France, with defense cooperation serving as one of the crucial pillars in the bilateral strategic partnership,” Defense Minister Phan Van Giang told newly-accredited French Ambassador to Vietnam Oliver Brochet in Hanoi on November 23, as reported by VOV.

Giang stated that defense cooperation between the two countries has been advanced in accordance with the agreement on Vietnam-France defense cooperation and the Joint Vision Statement on Vietnam-France defense relations for 2018-2028. This cooperation has yielded positive outcomes in areas such as visiting exchanges, organization of strategic dialogues, military training, UN peacekeeping, and military medicine, as well as coordination and mutual support within the framework of multilateral forums.

The year 2023 holds significant meaning as the two countries celebrate 50 years of establishing diplomatic relations and 10 years of strategic partnership. The relationship between the two countries has been increasingly consolidated, developed, deepened, effective, and substantial in various fields, both bilaterally and multilaterally.

Defense Cooperation - One of Pillars in Vietnam-France Relations
At the meeting. Photo: PANO

He proposed that the two sides continue to strengthen effective cooperation, with a focus on increasing visit exchanges, completing legislation for cooperation, training, and effectively implementing signed cooperation agreements on military medicine, hydrography, and UN peacekeeping.

He also emphasized the need to enhance cooperation in addressing the consequences of war, as well as in new areas where both sides have potential and needs, while actively supporting each other at multilateral forums.

The minister expressed his hope that the Ambassador would make significant contributions to further promoting Vietnam-France cooperation in all fields, including defense.

Ambassador Brochet highly appreciated Vietnam’s increasing global role, particularly in ASEAN.

He recalled the recent phone conversation between Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and French President Emmanuel Macron, wherein they expressed their desire to enhance mutually beneficial cooperation for peace, cooperation, and development in the region and the world at large in the new period.

The ambassador stated that France, as an important EU member, would work closely with other EU members to strengthen cooperation with ASEAN members, including Vietnam.

He assured his host that France is prepared to provide French language training for Vietnamese officers participating in United Nations peacekeeping operations in French-speaking countries.

Hannah Nguyen