VN, Laos, Cambodia boost defence ties
The defence ministries of Việt Nam, Laos and Cambodia will step up military co-operation via programmes to be implemented this year. The agreements, boosting long-standing ties of friendship between the three countries, mark ongoing visits (January 8-11) by Lao and Cambodian defence ministers to the central city of Đà Nẵng. In separate talks, Vietnamese defence minister General Ngô Xuân Lịch and his counterparts – Lao Minister of National Defence, General Senior Lieutenant Chansamone Chanyalath and Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence General Tea Banh – reviewed 2016 and discussed measures to boost defence co-operation in 2017. Yesterday morning, Lịch expressed high appreciation of efforts made by defence ministries of Việt Nam and Laos in 2016, especially in education and communications, and highlighted the special friendship among the soldiers of both countries.