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Vietnamese & Australian defense ministers meet

Released at: 19:56, 08/11/2018

Vietnamese & Australian defense ministers meet

Photo: Embassy of Australia

Meeting in Sydney on November 8 focused on shared regional interests and challenges and celebrated 20 years of bilateral defense relations.

by Le Diem

The annual Australia-Vietnam Defence Ministers’ Meeting was held in Sydney on November 8.

Ministers of Defense General Ngo Xuan Lich and Mr. Christopher Pyne co-chaired the meeting and discussed strategic challenges in the Indo-Pacific region and the opportunities for enhancing defense cooperation, including maritime security.

Minister Pyne welcomed the signing of a Joint Vision Statement on Further Defence Cooperation, which will guide the expansion of defense cooperation between Vietnam and Australia in areas such as maritime security and peacekeeping cooperation.

“As our defense relationship enters its third decade, Australia and Vietnam are committed to strengthening peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region on the basis of a system that is rules-based, rather than coercive, and in which the rights of all states, big and small, are protected,” he said.

He also recognized Vietnam’s efforts to build its capacity to support international peace and security through peacekeeping deployments. Most recently, a Vietnamese military hospital was deployed to the UN Mission in South Sudan with airlift support provided by Australia.

“Today’s meeting was an excellent opportunity to exchange views on how Australia and Vietnam can further cooperate practically in areas of mutual interest in our region and beyond,” Minister Pyne said.

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