Vietnam, New Zealand hold 3rd defence policy dialogue

(VOVWORLD) - Vietnam and New Zealand have agreed to outline a cooperation plan for the next three years with a view to elevating the defence collaboration to a new high, making it on par with the strategic partnership between the two nations.
Vietnam, New Zealand hold 3rd defence policy dialogue - ảnh 1Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Defence Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien (Photo: VNA) 

The agreement was made at the third Vietnam-New Zealand defense policy dialogue held via video conference co-chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Defence Hoang Xuan Chien and Secretary of Defence and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Defence of New Zealand Andrew Bridgman on Wednesday.

They agreed to study the organisation of annual meetings at ministerial level on the occasion of official visits and on the sidelines of multilateral events from next year.

Chien highlighted outcomes of the multilateral defence activities hosted by Vietnam as the ASEAN Chair and a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, thereby affirming Vietnam’s efforts in maintaining and promoting cooperation momentum within the framework of the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) and ADMM Plus for mutual benefits of ASEAN and its partners.

Meanwhile, Bridgman laid stress on New Zealand’s support for the centre role of ASEAN, and spoke highly of Vietnam’s initiatives for the region in the past time.
Touching on regional and international issues of mutual interest, both sides were unanimous about the common perception on the principle of respecting international law, the settlement of disputes via peaceful means, and no use of force or threat to use force.