Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam attaches
importance to defence ties with Russia, affirmed Nguyen Chi Vinh, member of the
Party Central Committee and Deputy Defence Minister, at a reception in Hanoi on
September 20 for Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Konstantin Vnukov.
Vinh stressed that the two countries’
relations have developed in all fields, including security and defence.
The diplomat also said that defence is an
important pillar in the Russia-Vietnam comprehensive strategic partnership.
On the same day, Deputy Defence Minister
Vinh hosted his Philippine counterpart Raymundo De Vera Elefante during which
he confirmed Vietnam will continue supporting the Philippines in undertaking
the role as chair of ASEAN in 2017.
The guest said that his visit aimed to
exchange experience in the defence industry with Vietnam.
The Vietnamese official, a member of the National
Steering Committee on the Settlement of Post-war Unexploded Ordnance and Toxic
Chemical Consequences, also welcomed Shavkat Berdiev, Vice President and
General Manager of Southeast Asia of the Discovery Channel, which is planning a
project on the settlement of war consequences in Vietnam.
Vinh affirmed that Vietnamese agencies are
willing to work with the Discovery Channel on the project.-VNA