Israel-Vieät Nam to upgrade defence ties
TEL AVIV Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and top Israeli government figures met this week with Vieät Nams Deputy Defence Minister Nguye ã n Chí Vònh, affirming their countrys 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 delegations 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 countrys 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 Presidents 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 nations 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 delegations visit and another on building a consultation mechanism for the two ministries working groups.
During the trip, Vietnamese officials had meetings with Israels Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Acting National Security Advisor Jacob Nagel. They also visited some units and businesses in the local defence industry.