Lieutenant General Nguyen Quoc Khanh, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, received a delegation of the Venezuelan Institute of Higher Studies for National Defence in Hanoi on May 22.

Lt. Gen. Khanh said that the two countries’ relations, including in defence, have flourished since they established diplomatic ties in December 1989.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Defence set up an attaché office in Venezuela through which bilateral cooperation in the field will be enhanced, he added.

The officer suggested more delegation exchanges be organised at various levels in order to deepen mutual understanding and seek more collaborative opportunities.

He said the Vietnam National Defence Academy offers courses for foreigners and invited the Venezuelan Ministry of Defence to send its officers to study in the country.

Khanh pledged that Vietnam will create the best possible conditions for international officers to visit and study in its military units and academies.

In response, visiting guests said they will submit the host’s proposals to the Venezuelan Defence Minister.

They noted that the Venezuelan people and army will forever stand by Vietnam in the national construction and defence.-VNA