Thu. Apr 18th, 2024

Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, senior
lieutenant general Do Ba Ty, held bilateral meetings with the heads of
the delegations from Brunei, Cambodia and Indonesia who attended the
tenth ASEAN Chiefs of Defence Forces Informal Meeting (ACDFIM-10) in
Brunei on March 19.

While meeting with Commander
of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan,
Ty said he believes the ACDFIM-10 will be successful, boosting defence
links among ASEAN member nations, for peace, stability and common
development in the region and the world.

Ty
affirmed that the Government of Vietnam and the Vietnam People’s Army
always treasure the development of friendship and cooperation with
Brunei .

Vietnam and Brunei agreed to
realise initiatives reached during the Commander’s official friendly
visit to Vietnam in February, including the implementation of
cooperation contents within the framework of the Memorandum of
Understanding on bilateral defence cooperation signed by the two nations
in 2005.

The Brunei side thanked Vietnam for
its active contributions to the ACDFIM-10 and in Brunei ’s multilateral
defence activities under its chairmanship, which contributed to helping
Brunei fulfil its ASEAN chair in 2013.

At a
meeting with Defence Deputy Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces,
lieutenant general Eth Sarath, Ty highly valued the cooperation between
the two armies and nations last year, which marked the 45 th
anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties and the Vietnam–Cambodia
Friendship Year within the framework of the Protocol on Bilateral
Defence Cooperation and the annual cooperation plan between the two
defence ministries.

Eth Sarath expressed his wishes
that the two sides will actively and effectively implement cooperation
content as set under the annual bilateral cooperation plan.

Meeting with Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces,
Admiral Agus Suhartono, Ty hailed the active preparations between the
two sides to realise their leaders’ determination to bring
Vietnam–Indonesia ties to a strategic partnership level.

Defence ties between Vietnam and Indonesia have developed
positively in the exchange of delegations, navy links, education,
intelligence sharing, and supporting each other within the framework of
multilateral defence cooperation in the region.

On
the basis of the bilateral defence cooperation agreement signed in
August, 2010, the two sides agreed to boost links in delegation
exchange, education and the defence industry.

Ty
suggested the two sides soon sign an agreement on joint patrol
regulations on contiguous waters and establish a communication channel
between the two navies, therefore ensuring security, safety and the
settlement of emerging issues.

They agreed to
liaise within the ASEAN cooperation framework and the five fields agreed
within the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting to maintain the central
role of ASEAN in the regional security structure, ensuring the common
interests of each country and the whole bloc.-VNA

By vivian