Vietnam, Malaysia beef up defence

HANOI - Senior Vietnamese and Malaysian officials discussed ways to beef up defence co-operation in the time ahead at talks yesterday.

Defence Minister Gen. Phung Quang Thanh and his Malaysian counterpart Dato Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussien touched upon the exchange of all-level delegations, the establishment of a deputy ministerial-level defence dialogue mechanism and personnel training, especially in foreign languages.

Minister Thanh hailed the visit for strengthening friendship, mutual understanding and trust between the two defence ministries towards lifting Viet Nam-Malaysia ties to a strategic partnership.

He said the visit marked the growing defence co-operation between the two countries.

Tun Hussien said it was his first visit to Viet Nam as defence minister, noting that defence links have turned more productive in various fields under the spirit of a memorandum of understanding on defence co-operation signed between the two Governments.