Vietnam and Singapore should deepen defence cooperation to match their strategic partnership, heard the Vietnam – Singapore defence policy dialogue in Hanoi on July 22.

It will be made possible by sharing information and experience via visits, continuing the deputy ministerial-level dialogue mechanism, and assisting each other in building the United Nations peacekeeping forces and at multilateral forums.

The views were shared by Deputy Minister of National Defence, Sen. Lieut. Gen Nguyen Chi Vinh and Permanent Secretary at the Singaporean Ministry of Defence Chan Yeng Kit who co-chaired the dialogue.

Vinh thanked Singapore for helping Vietnam modernise its army, especially in foreign language training, peacekeeping mission, and search and rescue operation.

He suggested the two defence ministries work out a three-year cooperation plan to better realise their commitments.

Both sides were on the same page when it comes to the East Sea issue, saying that disputes should be addressed by peaceful means in line with international law.

Parties concerned should stay united and uphold the central role of ASEAN in sustaining peace and stability in the region, they said.-VNA