Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh and new Dutch Defence Attache Adrianus Maria Pals have agreed on the need to increase naval exchanges and affiliation between the two countries in the coming time.

During their meeting in Hanoi on June 26, Vinh said he highly values the outcomes of defence cooperation between the two countries over the past time.

Vietnam and the Netherlands signed Memoranda of Understanding on defence cooperation during the Vietnam visit by the Dutch Defence Minister in September 2011 and the Netherlands visit by the Vietnamese Defence Minister in August 2013.

Bilateral partnership in the defence industry, personnel training and visit exchanges have been positive, they agreed.

Both sides will work to further improve personnel training and share experience in search and rescue and activities to surmount consequences of natural disasters and war-era bombs and mines as well as peace-keeping operations run by the United Nations, they said.-VNA