Vietnam, Indonesia promote naval cooperation

This statement was made by Senior LieutenantGeneral Phan Van Giang, Member of the Party Central Committee, Permanent Memberof the Central Military Commission, Chief of the VPA’s General Staff and Deputy Defense Minister, at a meeting with Admiral AdeSupandi, Chief of the Indonesian Navy in Hanoi on November 29.

Addressing the meeting, General Giangwelcomed Admiral Supandi and underlined that Vietnamand Indonesiahave witnessed the sound development of defense cooperation over the past time,especially since their signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU)on defense cooperation in 2010.

Senior Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang (R) receiving Admiral Ade Supandi 

The host also held that the Vietnam-Indonesiadefense cooperation, including in the naval field, considerably contributed toenhancing mutual trust and understanding as well as to deepen the bilateralstrategic partnership.

For his part, Admiral Supandi briefed GeneralGiang on outcomes of the previous talks with his Vietnamese counterpart,Rear Admiral Pham Hoai Nam, and added that the two armies in general and naviesin particular should foster exchange activities and experience sharing in orderto further build up their bilateral ties and contribute to both countries’relationship for peace and stability in the region.

Having highly valued the results of themeeting between the two naval chiefs, General Giang agreed with AdmiralSupandi’s recommendations and pledged to create favorable conditions forfurther cooperation of the Vietnamese and Indonesian naval forces.

Rear Admiral Pham Hoai Nam (R) presenting a gift to Admiral Supandi 

Previously, Rear Admiral Pham Hoai Nam hosted areception for Admiral Supandi before having talks.

The two senior officers highly valued theirnaval cooperation activities this year, particularly the visit to Indonesia byRear Admiral Pham Hoai Nam in October and the visit to Vietnam by two Indonesian navalships. They agreed to take  turns to hostannual naval officers’ consultation programs.

Rear Admiral Pham Hoai Nam said that the Vietnam People’sNavy will continuously participate in activities to be hosted by the IndonesianNavy, such as the Komodo multilateral naval exercise, and also send warshipson visits to Indonesia. He also asked the Indonesian Navy to share experiences ontraining and operation of sailboats to their Vietnamese counterpart.

Translated by Van Hieu

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