Vietnam, Japan strengthen cooperation in defense

Vietnam hopes to continue to strengthen its strategic partnership with Japan, including defense relations, said Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty.

Shigeru Iwasaki, Japan's Self Defense Forces' chief of Joint Staff, salutes as he poses behind a model of F-15 fighter aircraft at his desk after an interview with Reuters at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo March 27, 2013.

The official made the statement at his meeting with Chief of Joint Staff of Japan’s Self Defense Forces General Shigeru Iwasaki, in Tokyo on April 15.

During the talk, Ty, who is leading a high-ranking military delegation on an official friendly visit to Japan at the invitation of General Iwasaki, said Vietnam highly values the fruitful outcome of the bilateral relationship between Vietnam and Japan.

Ty also said his visit is an activity to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Japan, and will contribute to strengthening bilateral defense cooperation.
The two countries should step up the implementation of cooperation contents as specified in the MoU on bilateral defense cooperation, Ty said.

Vietnam and Japan should have closer cooperation at multilateral forums such as the ASEAN Regional Security Forum (ARF) and the ASEAN Defense Ministerial Meeting Plus (ADMM+), Ty recommended.
In reply to his Vietnamese counterpart, Gen. Iwasaki said he highly valued the position and role of Vietnam in the region and pointed out that Vietnam and Japan share many similarities.

Japan, therefore, wants to enhance comprehensive cooperation, including defense industry, with Vietnam.
After the talk, the Vietnamese delegation was received by Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, who said he supports the cooperation between the Vietnam People’s Army and Japan’s Self-Defense Forces.

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