Vietnam, EU Seek to Boost Ties in Defense, Security

11:56:05 AM | 8/7/2019


Minister of National Defense Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich on August 5 met with Vice President of the European Commission and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

The officials exchanged views on the development of the Vietnam-EU cooperative partnership in national defense and security on the basis of international law and common commitments.

During their meeting in Hanoi, they agreed to push ahead with cooperation mechanisms and frameworks, thus contributing to global peace as well as regional peace and development, and the realization of Vietnam’s international integration strategy and the EU’s global strategy.

They affirmed common commitments to stepping up efforts to promote peace and jurisdiction through multilateral approaches and cooperation, covering national defense and security.

The cooperative partnership in national defense and security will promote and protect basic principles and rights in accordance with the UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights, helping to maintain the international system on the basis of principles suitable with the international humanitarian law to which Vietnam and the EU have joined and carry forward multilateralisation effectively, they said.

The two sides pledged to join hands to reach concrete outcomes in settling common security challenges and those in Asia and other areas.

Accordingly, they will fully implement resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.

Within the EU-Vietnam Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation, the two sides will set up regular consultations on national defense and security to ensure the effective implementation of the cooperative partnership in this field.