Friday, February 14, 2014, 09:47 (GMT+7)
Defence cooperation boosts Vietnam-Indonesia relations

Vietnam and Indonesia see development in their defence cooperation, making contributions to lifting their traditional ties to a new height.

General Phung Quang Thanh, Minister of National Defence, on February 13th stressed that at the reception to General Moeldoko, Chief of the Indonesian Military (TNI), who is on a working visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army cum Deputy Minister of National Defence.

General Phung Quang Thanh and General Moeldoko (Photo:

The Minister of National Defence welcomed the Indonesian guest and hoped his visit to Vietnam would contribute to promoting friendship and cooperation between the two nations’ peoples and armies in the coming time.

He also highly appreciated the results of talks between Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty and General Moeldoko, adding that Vietnam wants to boost cooperation with Indonesia in fields of delegation exchanges, defence industry, and search and rescue.

For his part, General Moeldoko thanked General Phung Quang Thanh for his warm reception and said that the two sides would foster their defence cooperation in the coming time in order to strengthen their traditional ties and maintain peace, stability and development in the region.

Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty held talk with General Moeldoko. (Photo:

Earlier, Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty held talks with General Moeldoko. They reviewed the two nations’ defence cooperation over the past time and worked out measures to develop the ties, while exchanging their views on regional and international issues of mutual concern.

In order to match the existing potential and desire of the two sides, they agreed on conducting high-ranking delegation exchanges and their navies’ cooperation, paving the way for the establishment of the “Joint patrol” regulation and the Joint Working Group on defence cooperation, finding cooperation opportunities in logistics-techniques and defence industry, and supporting each other at regional forums like ADMM, ADMM+ and ARF.

Vietnam hopes to receive support from Indonesia for an initiative to form an ADMM+ expert working group on humanitarian mine action, which was put forward by Vietnam at the 7th ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM-7) in Brunei last year, and its experience in the UN peacekeeping activities, added the Deputy Minister of National Defence.


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