Ministry of National Defense of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

01/08/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/08/2021 03:50

Vietnam, Cambodia strengthen defence ties

( - General Ngo Xuan Lich, Defence Minister and his Cambodian Counterpart General Tea Banh, on January 8 co-chaired an online signing ceremony for defence cooperation between Vietnam and Cambodia in 2021.

Delegates attending the event in Hanoi.

At the online talks, both sides spoke highly of defence cooperation results in 2020. Despite impacts of the COVID-19, almost all contents in the 2020 Cooperation Plan were implemented effectively, particularly cooperation in training, the fight against the pandemic, borderline protection, and the search and repatriation of remains of voluntary Vietnamese soldiers who died while doing duty in Cambodia during wartime.

General Ngo Xuan Lich chairing the event in Hanoi.

General Ngo Xuan Lich highly appreciated Cambodia's support for activities chaired by the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence when Vietnam assumed the ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020, especially the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) and ADMM Plus and related meetings.

For his part, General Tea Banh congratulated Vietnam on its fulfillment of the ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020, including the successful organisation of ASEAN military-defence meetings.

General Ngo Xuan Lich signing the defence cooperation between Vietnam and Cambodia in 2021.

In the time to come, the two sides agreed to continue carrying out contents of the Protocol for 2020-2024 period and the 2021 Cooperation Plan, with the priority given to stepping up disseminations on the bilateral traditional friendship, solidary and comprehensive cooperation; improving the efficiency of collaboration mechanisms, particularly the Defence Policy Dialogue. They also agreed to speed up all-level delegation exchanges, intensify cooperation in personnel training and cooperation and coordination in preventing cross-border crimes and drug smuggling.

General Ngo Xuan Lich and Cambodian Ambassador Chay Navuth.

After the phone talks, General Ngo Xuan Lich and General Tea Banh signed the cooperation plan for 2021 between the two defence ministries.