At the talks between Minister of National Defence Gen.
Ngo Xuan Lich and South African Minister of Defenceand Military Veterans
Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula (Photo: VNA)
The agreement was reached between Minister of
National Defence Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich and South Africa’s Minister of Defence andMilitary
Veterans Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula during their talks inHanoi on
Minister Lich expressed his belief that the
officialvisit by the guest from August 22 to 26 will help create a new
momentum for the“partnership for cooperation and development” between
Vietnam and South Africa.
For her part, the South African ministeraffirmed
that the bilateral defence cooperation is one of the importantactivities
that contribute to the stronger friendship and cooperation betweenthe two
States for the sake of peace, cooperation and common development in
theregion and the world.
The two ministers reached high consensus on
theoverall assessment of the Vietnam-South Africa defence relations in
recentyears, based on the agreement on defence ties signed in 2006. The two
sideshave held dialogues and consultations, exchanged delegations, and
cooperated inthe defence industry, logistics and medical military.
They agreed to increaseall-level delegation
exchanges to promote mutual trust and understanding.
The two sides shared the view that defence industry,
including technologytransfer, is one of the potential fields for bilateral
They agreed to expand research cooperation
intelecommunications and create conditions for Vietnam’s military telecom
groupViettel to make investment in South Africa.
Regarding personnel training, Vietnam proposed
thatSouth Africa provide scholarships for Vietnamese students to study
English,science-technology, computer, medical military, and logistics.
Minister Lich affirmed that Vietnam is willingto
receive South African military students to learn Vietnamese and join
defencepolicy research courses at the Defence National Academy.
He suggested that the two sides
prioritisecollaboration in medical military, military equipment, traditional
medicine,and exchange of experts based on South Africa’s requests.
The two sides also agreed to enhance cooperationand
share experience in joining the United Nations peacekeeping activities.South
Africa is expected to share its know-how in building medical military
andsapper forces in this field for Vietnam.
The two sides will studythe possibility of
supporting each other in peacekeeping tasks, especially inSouth Sudan and
some African countries.
The two ministers also mentioned coordination
inanti-terrorism. Vietnam welcomes the South African Special ForcesBrigade
to visit Vietnam at an appropriate time to study cooperationopportunities
between the two sides.
During her working visit to Vietnam, the
SouthAfrican defence minister is scheduled to visit the General Department
of DefenceIndustry and Viettel telecom group.-VNA