The first deputy ministerial-level defence policy dialogue between Vietnam and Italy took place in Hanoi on November 12.

The Vietnamese delegation to the dialogue was led by Deputy Minister of Defence Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh and the Italian delegation was headed by Deputy Defence Minister Domenico Rossi.

The two sides exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual concerns and reviewed bilateral defence cooperation over the recent time. They put forth measures to enhance the ties, especially in addressing the consequences of war aftermaths; training human resources; joining the UN peace-keeping activities; and collaborating in the defence industry.

The two sides agreed to set up a joint working team soon to realise the commitments that were made during the dialogue.

Minister of Defence General Phung Quang Thanh later hosted a reception for Domenico Rossi who pledged to do his utmost to drive the defence ties between Vietnam and Italy forward, thus contributing to peace, stability and development in the region and beyond.

Minister Thanh confirmed that the outcomes of the dialogues will help reinforce the growing comprehensive partnership between the two countries.-VNA