Vietnam, Japan boost UN peacekeeping cooperation hinh anh 1 Lieutenant General Phung Si Tan (R), Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army receives Matsuzawa Tomoko (Photo:
Hanoi (VNA) - Lieutenant General Phung Si Tan, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army, on October 10 hosted a reception for Matsuzawa Tomoko, Director for Defence Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region of the International Policy Division of the Defence Policy Bureau under the Japanese Ministry of Defence, who is also head of Japan’s experts' working group on peacekeeping.  
During the meeting, the Vietnamese official affirmed that the bilateral defence cooperation has been strongly promoted, including in the field of United Nations peacekeeping.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries’ defence ministries on September 15, 2015, is a foundation for the two sides to further expand this kind of cooperation, he stressed.

He expressed his hope that the upcoming 16th Meeting of the Experts' Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations (EWG PKO) Cycle 4 for the 2021-2023 period within the framework of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) in Vietnam will contribute to further promoting the Vietnam – Japan cooperation in UN peacekeeping, thus maintaining peace and stability in the region and the world.

For her part, Tomoko highlighted the breakthrough developments of the Japan – Vietnam relations, especially in UN peacekeeping operations.

She expressed her hope that the two sides will continue to strengthen their cooperation in this field, and expand cooperation to other fields where they have potential and strength./.