Vietnam, Belarus strengthen ties

Vietnam will make every effort to boost friendship and multi-faceted cooperation with Belarus, especially in the fields of national defence and military strategy, said State President Nguyen Minh Triet.

Mr Triet made the statement while receiving a Belarusian military delegation led by Minister of Defence, Senior Lieutenant General Leonid Semenovich Maltsev, on a current visit to Vietnam beginning on May 26.

The visit was made at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart, General Phung Quang Thanh and the welcoming ceremony was held at the Vietnamese Defence Ministry's headquarters on May 27.

President Triet applauded both ministries' for strengthening ties in this area, especially to Belarus for its offer of support to train Vietnamese military students.

He also thanked the Belarusian state and people for their assistance during Vietnam's past struggles for independence and during its current national construction process.

The State leader emphasised that Vietnam wants to strengthen its cooperation with Belarus in numerous fields, including defence.

General Leonid Semenovich Maltsev thanked the Vietnamese state and defence ministry for their invitation and handed over a report of his trip to the Vietnamese defence minister Phung Quang Thanh.

He praised the achievements that Belarus and Vietnam have made in defence and military sciences.

He also expressed his belief that the signed agreements on cooperation between the two ministries during his visit will help to develop the two countries' relationship.

During their talks earlier the same day, General Phung Quang Thanh praised the Belarusian military delegation's contribution to the mutual understanding and traditional friendship shown between the two countries' armies and peoples.

For his part, General Maltsev expressed pleasure at Vietnam's sustainable socio-economic development. He said he hoped that his visit will contribute to promoting further cooperation between the armed forces of both countries by exchanging delegations and military training.



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