Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has expressed the hope that the Vietnamese and Dutch Ministries of Defence will cooperate closely in defence technology, equipping the navy, exchanging experiences in military training and raising national defence capacity.

PM Dung made this statement while receiving visiting Dutch Defence Minister Hans Hillen in Hanoi on Sept. 26.

He spoke highly of the results of talks between Dutch Defence Minister Hillen and his Vietnamese counterpart Phung Quang Thanh and the signing of a memorandum of understanding on bilateral cooperation in defence and an agreement on defence material cooperation between Vietnam and the Netherlands.

The PM said he hoped the two sides will continue promoting and expanding bilateral cooperation in economics, investment, coping with climate change and the management of water resources.

Minister Hillen affirmed that his country will closely cooperate with the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence to implement cooperative agreements reached between the two sides, with a focus on promoting defence industries, while sharing experiences in military training, coping with disasters and rescue services.

The minister proposed Vietnam and the Netherlands boost cooperation in coping with climate change and sea level rise./.