The talks between the Vietnamese and Indonesian defence officers on August 8 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich and his Indonesian counterpart Ryamizard Ryacudu highlighted the countries’ fruitful defence cooperation during talks in Hanoi on August 8.

At the talks following the welcoming ceremony, General Lich considered Ryacudu’s official visit an important contribution to the traditional friendship between the two armies and peoples, so as to boost their strategic partnership in a result-oriented manner.

He said Vietnam attaches importance to bilateral relations for the peoples’ interests and for peace, stability, cooperation and the development of the ASEAN Community, the region and the world.

The Indonesian official also said his country wants to strengthen cooperation with Vietnam for the sake of their peoples.

The two sides noted the continuous development of their defence ties, which has reaped substantive outcomes under a memorandum of understanding signed in October 2010, especially in delegation exchange, naval cooperation and personnel training.

They agreed to continue fully and effectively implementing the document, increase all-level visits, and set up a defence policy dialogue mechanism.

Vietnam and Indonesia will also reinforce connections between their navies, and on personnel training, the defence industry and experience sharing on humanitarian aid, disaster relief and joining UN peacekeeping missions.

The countries will actively consult, cooperate and support each other in issues of mutual concern and at multilateral forums, particularly regional defence-military cooperation mechanisms such as the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting and the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus.

The Indonesian official is making his first Defence Minister visit to Vietnam from August 7 – 9.-VNA