Vietnam greatly values ties with South Africa

VOV.VN - Vietnam always sticks importance to developing relations with South Africa, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at a reception in Hanoi on August 22 for South African Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula. 

Phuc told his gues that Vietnam appreciates South Africa’s role in regional and global issues as well as at international organisations such as the United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement, G20 and group of five major emerging national economies BRICS. 

The country has launched a project on developing relations with Middle East and African nations for the 2016 – 2025 period, in which South Africa is regarded as its leading partner in Africa, the Vietnamese government leader said.

He was appreciative of the maintenance of Vietnam-South Africa defence policy dialogue, which, he said, has contributed to fostering the friendship and cooperation between the two nations.

PM Phuc also hailed the outcomes of the earlier talks between the two defence ministries while affirming the Vietnamese government’s readiness to facilitate the development of bilateral defence relations, thereby boosting the Vietnam-South Africa partnership for stronger cooperation and development. 

Mapisa-Nqakula, in turn, voiced her hope that the delegation will learn from Vietnam’s socio-economic development experience during the visit. 

She briefed her host on the outcomes of her talks with Vietnamese Minister of National Defence Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich, saying that the two sides consented to augment cooperation in potential fields, especially in counter-terrorism and the United Nations peacekeeping mission. 

Her nation shared its experience in building army medical and engineer corps forces. Both sides explored the possibility of providing mutual support in the UN peacekeeping mission, especially in South Sudan and several African nations, and examined ways to step up collaboration in defence industry and technology transfer, the guest said.

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