Sen. Lieut. Gen. Phan Van Giang, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army and Deputy Minister of National Defence (R) received Commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Chaiyapruk Didyasarin, in Hanoi on November 16 (Photo: qdnd.vn)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – Sen. Lieut. Gen. Phan Van Giang, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army and Deputy Minister of National Defence received Commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Chaiyapruk Didyasarin, in Hanoi on November 16.

Giang noted that defence cooperation between Vietnam and Thailand over the past years has grown strongly with practical outcomes, especially in delegation exchange, personnel training, air and naval defence cooperation.

The close defence partnership has helped reinforce and strengthen the friendship, mutual understanding and trust between the people and armies of the two countries, he said.

Giang also lauded the cooperation results between Vietnam’s Air Force-Air Defence and the Royal Thai Air Force, expressing his hope that the two forces will continue promoting their collaboration.

He affirmed that Vietnam backs Thailand in performing the role of ASEAN Chair in 2019 and expects to receive support from Thailand in 2020 when Vietnam assumes the same role.

For his part, Chaiyapruk said that his working visit aims to further foster cooperation between the air forces of Thailand and Vietnam.

He held that the cooperation between Vietnam’s Air Force-Air Defence and the Royal Thai Air Force has been deepened, especially through the exchange of experiences in aviation safety, rescue, training, and connectivity among young officers.

The cooperative ties between the armies of Thailand and Vietnam has also contributed to strengthening the ASEAN Political-Security Community, one of the three key pillars of the ASEAN Community.-VNA