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Vietnam & EU discuss defense cooperation

Released at: 17:17, 06/08/2019

Vietnam & EU discuss defense cooperation

Photo: European Union in Viet Nam

Two herald development of defense and security cooperation based on international law and shared commitment.

by Jessica Nguyen

Ms. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, met with Minister of National Defense General Ngo Xuan Lich on August 5.

According to a joint press release, the two sides commended the efforts to build a partnership that benefits socioeconomic development in the European Union and in Vietnam since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1990. These efforts have resulted in the entering into force of the Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation in 2016 and the signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) this year, which confirms the shared commitment to stepping up efforts to promote peace and the rule of law through cooperative and multilateral approaches, including in the field of defense and security.

Ms. Mogherini and General Lich discussed the development of a defense and security cooperation partnership based on international law and shared commitment. This will be done through the continued promotion of cooperative mechanisms and frameworks contributing to global peace, regional stability and development, and will support the effective implementation of Vietnam’s international integration strategy and the EU’s Global Strategy.

The defense and security partnership will promote and protect the fundamental principles and rights enshrined in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, contributing to upholding an international rules-based system in compliance with international humanitarian law, to which Vietnam and the EU and its member states are parties; promote effective multilateralism; contribute to regional stability; and promote a peaceful and lasting resolution of conflicts. The two sides commit to working together to achieve tangible results in addressing shared security challenges, both in Asia and elsewhere, including through the full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.

Both sides will also reinforce their engagement in maintaining freedom of navigation and overflight and responding to traditional and non-traditional challenges such as search and rescue operations and the fight against piracy, organized crime, and illegal trafficking in compliance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

In the field of cyber security, Vietnam and the EU will drive forward a global, open, free, stable, and secure cyberspace. Both sides will share experience on cyber security, including on the Budapest Convention, the application of international law in cyberspace, and implementing norms of responsible State behavior.

General Lich affirmed that the Ministry of National Defense will support the EU’s ambition of joining Asia-Pacific defense-security architectures. The EU also looks forward to Vietnam’s continued contribution to upholding regional peace, stability, and development when it takes up the Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2020.

Within the framework of the Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, both sides will establish regular consultations on defense and security to ensure the effective implementation of their defense and security cooperation partnership.

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