Is­rael-Vieät Nam to up­grade de­fence ties

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TEL AVIV — Is­raeli Pres­i­dent Reuven Rivlin and top Is­raeli gov­ern­ment fig­ures met this week with Vieät Nam’s Deputy De­fence Min­is­ter Nguye ã n Chí Vònh, af­firm­ing their coun­try’s sup­port of de­fence ties with Vieät Nam.

Both sides agreed that in­creas­ingly ef­fec­tive de­fence co­op­er­a­tion will help deepen their re­la­tions, meet­ing their peo­ples’ in­ter­ests and ac­tively con­tribut­ing to ef­forts to­wards peace, sta­bil­ity, co-op­er­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment.

At the meet­ing in Jerusalem on Tues­day, Rivlin de­scribed the del­e­ga­tion’s visit to Is­rael as a demon­stra­tion of the grow­ing co­op­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing in de­fence, between the two coun­tries. He ex­pressed his ad­mi­ra­tion for Vieät Nam and its late Pres­i­dent Hoà Chí Minh, as well as for the coun­try’s achieve­ments.

Re­flect­ing its pol­icy of mul­ti­lat­er­al­is­ing and di­ver­si­fy­ing for­eign re­la­tions, Vieät Nam at­taches im­por­tance to bol­ster­ing friend­ship and co-op­er­a­tion with Mid­dle East­ern na­tions, in­clud­ing Is­rael, said Lieutenent Gen­eral Vònh. He also in­formed his host about the de­fence links, thank­ing Is­raeli lead­ers in gen­eral and Rivlin in par­tic­u­lar for pro­vid­ing favourable con­di­tions for the two de­fence min­istries’ fruit­ful co-op­er­a­tion.

He ex­pressed hope for the Pres­i­dent’s con­tin­ued sup­port for build­ing up a re­li­able part­ner­ship. Rivlin is sched­uled to visit Vieät Nam in March.

Deputy Min­is­ter Vònh also had talks with the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Is­raeli De­fence Min­istry, Udi Adam. They ex­changed views on in­ter­na­tional and re­gional is­sues of shared con­cern while voic­ing their de­light at the ex­pan­sion of bi­lat­eral friend­ship and co-op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous spheres, in­clud­ing de­fence.

On the ba­sis of the sound re­la­tion­ship, Vie ät Nam wants to dis­cuss mea­sures for en­hanc­ing de­fence con­nec­tions in con­form­ity with the mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing on bi­lat­eral de­fence re­la­tions inked in 2015, Vònh noted.

For his part, Adam de­scribed the Viet­namese of­fi­cials’ visit as im­por­tant to de­fence co-op­er­a­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in 2017. He spoke highly of the South­east Asian na­tion’s role and stature in the re­gion, adding that Is­rael wants to join Vieät Nam in build­ing a trust­wor­thy, ef­fec­tive and sus­tain­able part­ner­ship.

Con­clud­ing the talks, the two sides signed min­utes of the Viet­namese del­e­ga­tion’s visit and an­other on build­ing a con­sul­ta­tion mech­a­nism for the two min­istries’ work­ing groups.

Dur­ing the trip, Viet­namese of­fi­cials had meet­ings with Is­rael’s De­fence Min­is­ter Avig­dor Lieber­man and Act­ing Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Ja­cob Nagel. They also vis­ited some units and busi­nesses in the lo­cal de­fence in­dus­try. —

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