Defence cooperation – a pillar in Vietnam-Cambodia ties hinh anh 1Minister of National Defence Ngo Xuan Lich (R) and Cambodian Minister of Defence Tea Banh (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Minister of National Defence General Ngo Xuan Lich on February 19 had a meeting with his Cambodian counterpart General Tea Banh on the sidelines of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Retreat (ADMM Retreat) in Hanoi.

Both ministers expressed their delight over the fruitful traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation between the two militaries, and the two countries as a whole.

In the past years, bilateral defence cooperation has served as a pillar in the Vietnam-Cambodia ties, with regular exchanges of delegations at all levels, maintenance of cooperation mechanisms, as well as collaboration in human resources training, border management and protection, and search and repatriation of remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts who laid down their lives during war time in Cambodia.

General Tea Banh, who is also Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia, commended Vietnam’s preparation for the ADMM Retreat, and many other military conferences, believing that under the chair of Vietnam, such cooperation mechanisms as ADMM and ADMM Plus will continue to prove effective and play an important role in the regional security architecture.

The two ministers agreed to direct competent agencies to effectively carry out the inked cooperation deals, while enhancing communication to raise public awareness of the traditional friendship between the two nations so as to thwart plots to divide the sound relations by hostile forces./.