A delegation of the Vietnamese Ministry of National
Defence led by Deputy Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh is paying a
working visit to Singapore from February 10-13.
Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen.
Nguyen Chi Vinh (left) and Singaporean Senior Minister of State for Defence Heng
While in Singapore, Vinh met with Permanent
Secretary at the Singaporean Ministry of Defence Chan Heng Kee and Senior
Minister of State for Defence Heng Chee How.
He informed the hosts that the Vietnamese Ministry
of National Defence has completed preparations for the ASEAN Defence
Ministers’ Meeting Retreat (ADMM Retreat) slated for February 18-20 in
Hanoi, with special attention paid to the prevention of the acute
respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus (nCoV).
Apart from ADMM and ADMM Plus (ADMM ) meetings,
Vietnam is planning to organise a ceremony marking the 10th founding
anniversary of ADMM Plus in 2020 with the participation of defence
Vinh took the occasion to invite leaders of the
Singaporean Ministry of Defence and army to attend a conference on women’s
participation in United Nations peacekeeping operations and an international
defence expo to be held in Vietnam for the first time later this year.
Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam
People’s Army Lt. Gen. Le Huy Vinh, who has been joining the delegation, had
a meeting with Singaporean Chief of Defence Force Melvyn Ong, during which
he conveyed the invitation of Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam
People’s Army Sen. Lt. Gen. Phan Van Giang to the latter to attend the 17th
ASEAN Chiefs of Defence Forces Meeting in Vietnam.
At these meetings, the Singaporean officials said
the Singaporean Minister of Defence and army leaders are looking forward to
attending the ASEAN-related meetings to be hosted by Vietnam.
They affirmed that Singapore supports and will
provide as much assistance as possible to help the Vietnamese Ministry of
National Defence successfully organise all military-defence activities in
2020 when the country serves as ASEAN Chair.
During their stay in Singapore, the Vietnamese
delegation also attended the Singapore Airshow 2020, and had working
sessions with some local agencies to consult them about the organisation of
the international defence expo.
As one of the biggest defence exhibitions in Asia
held biennially, the Singapore Airshow 2020 attracted 930 companies from 45