The third Vietnam-Italy defence policy dialogue was
held in Hanoi on July 10 under the co-chair of Deputy Defence Minister Be
Xuan Truong and Undersecretary of State for Defence of Italy Angelo Tofalo.
The third Vietnam-Italy defence policy dialogue is held
in Hanoi on July 10 under the co-chair of Deputy Defence Minister Be Xuan Truong
and Undersecretary of State for Defence of Italy Angelo Tofalo.
The officials exchanged views on regional and global issues of shared
concern and reviewed the outcomes of bilateral defence cooperation reaped
after the second defence policy dialogue.
They agreed on the contents and measures to step up the cooperation in the
future, especially ways to maximize the operation efficiency of the defence
policy dialogue at the deputy defence minister level and the working group
on defence cooperation.
They also agreed to intensify collaboration at multilateral mechanisms and
forums, maintain partnership in training, especially language training,
enhance cooperation in UN peacekeeping via the exchange of experts in the
field, and setup an international cooperation mechanism on bomb and mine
consequences recovery in Vietnam.
Later, Undersecretary of State for Defence Angelo
Tofalo was received by Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s
Army and Deputy Defence Minister Phan Van Giang.
Giang expressed his hope that the maintenance and
effective implementation of cooperative mechanisms will contribute greatly
to ratcheting up bilateral defence cooperation and the Vietnam-Italy defence
ties will become a pillar of the two countries’ strategic partnership.
Vietnam and Italy signed a memorandum of understanding on defence
cooperation in 2013.
During their time in Vietnam, Italy’s defence
officers visited the Hong Haship-building factory, the Northern Helicopter
Company, several historical and cultural relic sites in Hanoi, and Ha Long
Bay in Quang Ninh province.-VNA