The Vietnamese delegation has held several meetings with foreign partners on the sidelines of the 13th IISS Asia Security Summit, better known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, after their arrival in Singapore on May 30.

Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh held separate meetings with his counterparts from New Zealand Jonathan Coleman and Singapore Ng Eng Heng.

Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh met with the head of the Russian delegation, Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov, and the head of the Chinese delegation, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the People’s Liberation Army Lieutenant General Wang Guanzhong.

Minister Thanh and other members of the Vietnamese delegation also held a working session with officials of US company Lockheed Martin.

The minister is scheduled to deliver a speech at the dialogue’s third plenary session on May 31.

He will also hold more bilateral meetings with the heads of some delegations to the event.

Hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the annual dialogue will take place from May 30 to June 1.

The agenda of the five plenary sessions that form the dialogue will focus on the contribution of the US to regional stability, the process of advancing military-to-military cooperation and the handling of tensions and conflict management in the Asia-Pacific.-VNA