Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh and other senior officers from the Vietnam People’s Army have left Hanoi for an European tour that includes official visits to Russia, Poland, Bulgaria and the Netherlands.

The tour, from August 6 to 21, looks to reinforce the traditional friendship and mutually beneficiary cooperation between the people and army of Vietnam and the host countries.

It aims to promote peace, stability, cooperation and development in each region and the world at large.-VNA