Sen. Lieut. Gen. Phan Van Giang, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army and Deputy Defence Minister (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Developments in Vietnam-EU relations, especially in security-defence, were highlighted during a meeting between a senior official of the Ministry of National Defence and a delegation of the EU’s Crisis Management and Planning Directorate (CMPD) in Hanoi on December 10.

Talking to Sen. Lt. Gen. Phan Van Giang (member of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, and Deputy Minister of Defence), CMPD Director Gabor Iklody said bilateral ties have recorded strides in the recent past, including in security-defence.

The EU and Vietnam can further strengthen cooperation in both bilateral and multilateral aspects, as well as in the relationship between the EU and ASEAN, especially as Vietnam will hold the ASEAN Chair in 2020.

He said the EU is ready to promote collaboration in UN peacekeeping activities, adding that cooperation potential in this field is considerable, particularly in terms of personnel training and technical assistance.

For his part, Sen. Lt. Gen. Giang asked the EU to help the Vietnamese army with UN peacekeeping activities so that the country can meet requirements while performing tasks at UN missions.

He urged relevant sides to keep close coordination to accelerate discussion on future defence ties in the coming time.

He also called on the EU to endorse Vietnam’s candidacy for a non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council for 2020-2021, and to support the two sides’ win-win cooperation to continue its development.–VNA