Defence minister hails Thailand’s role in ASEAN defence cooperation
Bangkok (VNA) - Defence Minister General Ngo Xuan
Lich hailed Thailand’s role in promoting defence cooperation among ASEAN
member states at his meeting with Thai Defence Minister General Prawit
Wongsuwan in Bangkok on July 10.
Defence Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich (L) and Thai
Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan (Source: VNA)
Lich is leading a Vietnamese delegation to attend the ASEAN Defence
Ministers’ 13th Meeting (ADMM-13) in Bangkok.
During the meeting, he congratulated Thailand on its
successful organisation of the general election and establishment of the new
He expressed his belief that under the reign of King
Rama X and the new government’s administration, Thailand will continue to
stably develop and the bilateral cooperation will be more effective and
Minister Lich also congratulated the Thai Ministry
of Defense on successfully organizing a series of defense-military meetings,
stressing that he believes the next events organized by Thailand will
contribute to maintaining solidarity and taking its leading role promoting
military-defense cooperation within ASEAN.
Vietnam supports Thailand’s initiatives during its
term as the Chair of ASEAN, including discussion of illegal, unreported
and unregulated (IUU) fishing, the role of armed forces and defense
agencies; a draft of ADMM initiatives to ensure substantive cooperation; the
role of defense agencies and armies of ASEAN member nations in supporting
For his part, Prawit thanked Vietnam for its support
for his country as the Chair of ASEAN, affirming that Thailand will strongly
support Vietnam to assume the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020.
The Thai new government will continuously attach
importance to strengthening cooperation with Vietnam across fields,
including defence bond, he stressed.
The Ministers agreed that the two sides should fully
tap existing cooperation mechanisms and further promote ties in logistics,
peacekeeping, tackling post-war bomb and mine consequences, military
medicine, and law enforcement at sea.
Regarding multilateral cooperation, the two sides
agreed to coordinate, strengthen consultations, and support each other in
multilateral defense-military mechanisms that the two sides are members.