Vietnam and Laos Strengthen Defense Cooperation
|Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien. Photo: VNA|
On the morning of April 5, at the headquarters of the Ministry of National Defense, Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien, Deputy Defense Minister received Lao Deputy Ambassador to Vietnam Chanthaphone Khammanichanh.
Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien said defense cooperation between the two countries is deepening, practical, and effective in all fields.
This is demonstrated through cooperation between military zones and border guard forces of the two countries; cooperate in Party work, political work, training and mutual assistance, especially in the prevention and control of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Deputy Defense Minister also said that 2022 is an important year, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, and the 45th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation.
The two governments have established a Steering Committee and developed a National Commemorative Project.
The Vietnamese Ministry of Defense identified this as an important occasion for the two sides to strengthen cooperation and tighten the comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, people and armies of the two countries. It also helps communicate to people about the relationship between the two countries, the two armies.
The Ministry of Defense of Vietnam has developed a plan to celebrate the "Vietnam-Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year 2022" with nearly 30 meaningful activities.
Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien suggested the two sides continue to coordinate in the contents of the 2022 cooperation plan, especially between military zones, military services and border guards in ensuring security and safety in border areas.
The contents also include the fight against crime, illegal migration; ready to response to natural disasters, pandemic and non-traditional security issues, training cooperation.
Hoang Xuan Chien said that in addition to bilateral activities, the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense wishes to foster joint activities between the Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia Ministry of Defense. This includes a meeting between the defense ministers and a rescue exercise, contributing to tightening the relationship between the three countries and the three armies.
On the occasion of the Lao traditional Tet (Bunpimay festival), Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien congratulated all officers and employees of the Lao Embassy in Vietnam.
Lao Deputy Ambassador to Vietnam Chanthaphone Khammanichanh thanked Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien for the wishes. He thanked the help of the Ministry of Defense and the Vietnam People's Army. He also emphasized the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Laos and Vietnam.
The Deputy Ambassador also said that Laos has established a National Steering Committee for the "Vietnam-Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year 2022," including members from the Lao Ministry of Defense.
The Lao Ministry of Defense also established a Steering Committee to carry out activities on this occasion.
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