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Vietnam, Thailand look to improve defense cooperation

Vietnam and Thailand have discussed orientations and measures to enhance the efficiency of their defense cooperation.

Vietnam and Thailand have discussed orientations and measures to enhance the efficiency of their defense cooperation.
Vietnam and Thailand have discussed orientations and measures to enhance the efficiency of their defense cooperation.

The discussions were made between Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, and visiting General Worapong Sanganetra, Chief of Defense Forces of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, during their talks in Hanoi on Monday, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

The three-day visit of the Thai official, from April 19 to 21, was designed for General Worapong Sanganetra to introduce his new position to Vietnamese military leaders, a practice that is normally observed among ASEAN countries.

ASEAN stands for Association of Southeast Asian Nations, including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

During their talks, Sr. Lt. Gen. Ty expressed his hope that General Worapong Sanganetra, in his new post, would have fresh, practical, and efficient contributions to the defense cooperation between Thailand and Vietnam.

The host said bilateral defense affiliation has grown extensively, especially after the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding in 2012, which further promotes visit exchanges, personnel training, communication, joint patrols at sea, and search and rescue activities.

The two officials also discussed national, regional, and global situations of mutual concern, including issues that could affect the security and defense of each ASEAN member and the whole bloc.