The third meeting of the Vietnam-France Joint Committee on National Defence Cooperation was held in Hanoi on January 9.

Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defence, and Senior Lieutenant General Gratien Maire, Deputy Chief of Staff of the French Army, co-chaired the meeting.

At the event, the two sides highly valued the effective cooperation between Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defence and its French counterpart in past years, in particular the all-level delegation exchanges, personnel training, and defence technology and science collaboration.

The two sides proposed measures to strengthen cooperation in maritime security, sea patrols, personnel training and the national defence industry.

They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern that affect world security and peace.

Concluding the event, Vinh and Maire signed the minutes of the third committee meeting.

During his visit to Vietnam, Maire paid a courtesy visit to Defence Minister, General Phung Quang Thanh, and visited the Naval High Command and Division 308 of Army Corps 1.-VNA