Vietnam - September 2018
France and Vietnam signed a joint vision statement on 18 September 2018, on defence cooperation for 2018 to 2028, and an agreement on amending the Vietnam-France co-operation agreement signed in 2009, with the aim of deepening the defence bond between the two countries.
Through the statement, the two countries are to promote common concerns, thus reinforcing and stepping up mutual trust and moving towards expanding co-operation, maintaining security and stability in the region and the world; ensuring compliance of international law, freedom of travel on land, sea and air routes; and coping with non-traditional security threats, with the impact caused by climate change and environmental degradation for security taken into account. To implement the above, the two sides will maintain regular visits and meetings at all levels; increase high-level exchanges and diversify mechanisms for bilateral consultations on international and regional security issues of mutual concern.
The two countries will intensify co-operation and mutual support at multilateral organisations and forums and foster the bilateral and multilateral partnership to contribute to promoting peace and security in both regions. They also agreed to support each other in capacity building and share experience in peacekeeping operations and strengthen collaboration in the fields of defence industry, military medicine and hydrography.
Lastly, the two sides will focus on enhancing co-operation in maritime security and safety, as well as non-traditional security issues; and exchanging experience and seeking new opportunities to co-operate in environmental security.
(Sources: Viet Nam News; Nhan Dan Online)