Vietnam wants to receive continued support and assistance from the European External Action Service (EEAS) in the fields of search and rescue, maritime security and safety, and humanitarian aid.

So said Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Quoc Khanh, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA), at a reception for visiting EXAS Chief Operating Officer David Sullivan in Hanoi on March 25.

He also expressed his delight at the development of cooperation between the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence and the EEAS over the past time, especially the latter’s training of Vietnamese officers in security policies and foreign languages as well as providing them with experience in joining UN peacekeeping forces.

For his part, Sullivan spoke highly of the VPA’s efforts in dealing with natural disasters, providing humanitarian aid and cooperating with other countries in search and rescue activities.

He promised that his service will increase cooperation with Vietnam in English language training, humanitarian aid and rescue at sea, as well as share experience in joining UN peacekeeping forces.-VNA