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Vietnam, Japan vow defence ties
Publication Date : 17-09-2013
Minister of National Defence, General Phung Quang Thanh, and Japanese defence minister Itsunori Onodera, on Monday agreed to strengthen cooperation between their armed forces.
The talks were part of an official visit to Vietnam by a high-ranking delegation led by defence minister Itsunori Onodera, at the invitation of minister Thanh.
General Thanh welcomed Minister Onodera, who is on his first official visit to Vietnam as Japan's defence minister. The Vietnamese General expressed optimism that the visit would help deepen the strategic partnership between the two countries. The Japanese minister also praised the implementation of bilateral defence exchanges and recent cooperation between the two militaries.
The two defence ministers discussed ways to promote defence ties in the future, with Defence Minister Thanh requesting Japanese support in technology and dealing with military arms left from wars.
The two ministers also discussed international and regional issues, agreeing to promote defence-policy dialogue at senior levels and provide training for officers.
During their tour of Vietnam, the Japanese delegation will visit the country's Military Academies, Commando School and the High Command of Naval Zone 4.