Fostering Friendship, Trust, Mutual Understanding of National Armies

11:38:13 AM | 12/27/2019

At the Governmental Headquarters, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc recently hosted a reception of military leaders from Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Russia, Singapore and Thailand, who are in Vietnam to attend the 75th founding anniversary of the Vietnamese People’s Army and the 30th anniversary of the All-People National Defense Day.

Welcoming the military leaders to Vietnam, he said their presence at the celebratory ceremony reflects their countries’ good sentiment to Vietnam and contributes to beefing up friendship, trust and mutual understanding among national armies.

He expressed gratitude to the support of the governments and armies of visiting countries to Vietnam, highlighting Vietnam’s defense policy nature of peace and self-defense, which is enshrined in the Vietnam Defense White Paper 2019 released recently. Prime Minister Phuc asserted the country’s consistent policy of settling outstanding issues, divergences and disputes with peaceful means on the basis of international law, not joining military alliances, not joining one country against another, not allowing other countries to set up military bases or use Vietnam’s territory against others, not using or threatening to use force in international relations.

Over the past 75 years, the People's Army of Vietnam has continuously developed with a full range of army, composition of forces and weapons, modern technical equipment; been expertly trained in tactics, campaigning and warfare; inherited unique military art; had the competence of combining strength and qualifications to stay well prepared for combat and to be with the entire people to firmly defend the Fatherland in all situations.

In pursuing an independent defense policy, Vietnam has also focused on enhancing defense cooperation with other countries on the basis of respecting independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity for the highest goal of peace, independence and development.

Vietnam has achieved continuous and sustainable economic growth of approximately 7% per year. The country is among the best performers in Southeast Asia by growth rate. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces, said ASEAN member countries have different histories of independence and are building the ASEAN Community with the slogan “One vision, one future, one community,” and armies of ASEAN countries need to unite and cooperate with each other to address common challenges.

The Government and people of Vietnam highly appreciate defense cooperation results with other countries over the past time, both bilateral and multilateral. The Prime Minister emphasized that the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM+), the region's most important defense-security cooperation mechanism since its inception in Vietnam in 2010, has played a central role in ensuring security in the region and the world and improved their capacity to deal with non-traditional threats in the region.

The Prime Minister asked the visiting countries to continue their support for Vietnam to successfully assume the role of ASEAN Chairmanship and non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council in 2020.

Duy Anh (Vietnam Business Forum)