Vietnam and South Africa agree to maintain defence policy dialogue as they consider it to be an important mechanism in promoting the two countries’ bilateral defence partnership, friendship and cooperation, with a South African delegation currently in Vietnam.
South Africa’s Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula reached an agreement with Vietnam’s Defence Minister, Ngo Xuan Lich, in Hanoi on 22 August on expanding defence ties.
Lich stated that the visit from Mapisa-Nqakula will help create a new momentum for the “partnership and cooperation” between Vietnam and South Africa.
Mapisa-Nqakula added that bilateral defence cooperation is one of the important activities that fosters a strong relationship and cooperation between the two states for the sake of peace and common development.
Based on the agreement on defence ties in 2006, the two states have held dialogues, consultations and exchanged delegations and continue to cooperate regarding the defence industry, logistics and military medical areas.
They agreed to increase delegation exchanges to promote mutual trust and understanding, to expand research cooperation in telecommunications and create conditions for Vietnam’s military telecom group Viettel to make investment in South Africa and to enhance cooperation and share experience in joining United Nations peacekeeping activities. South Africa is expected to share its know-how in building medical military and sapper forces in this field for Vietnam.
The two sides also shared the view that the that defence industry, including technology transfer, is one of the potential fields for bilateral collaboration.
Vietnam proposed that South Africa provide scholarships for Vietnamese students to study in the fields of English, science, computer technology, military medical and logistics. Lich added that Vietnam is willing to receive South African military students to learn Vietnamese and join defence policy research courses at the Defence National Academy.