Deputy Defence Minister hosts UK defence attachés

Outgoing UK defence attaché Col. David Houghton and his successor Col. Beatrix V.H. Walcot were given a reception in Hanoi on October 14 by Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh.

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Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh (R) and UK defence attaché Col. David Houghton (Photo: VNA)

Vinh said Vietnam and the UK have promoted long-standing friendship and all-around cooperation, including in defence, especially since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral defence cooperation in November 2011.

He thanked the UK Defence Ministry for helping Vietnam launch a Level-2 field hospital in South Sudan and training, especially English language, for officers to the United Nations peacekeeping mission.

In order to develop bilateral defence ties into a pillar in Vietnam – UK strategic partnership, Vinh proposed facilitating all-level exchange visits to increase mutual understanding and collaboration.

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