The Hanoitimes - Professional knowledge and experience in military engineering in the United Nations peacekeeping missions were exchanged between the Vietnamese and French Ministries of Defence in Hanoi on June 25.
The program is co-organized by the Vietnam Peacekeeping Department (VPD) under the Ministry of National Defence and the French Defence Attaché Office in Hanoi in coordination with the International Organization of la Francophonie in Vietnam.
In his opening speech, VPD Director Colonel Hoang Kim Phung hailed Vietnam-France defence relations in recent years, especially cooperation in UN peacekeeping mission.
French expert introduces international standards for mine action prevention
France’s support through this program is practical and valuable to Vietnam, contributing to consolidating fine relations between the two countries, he added.
It is the sixth time France and Vietnam have exchanged expertise in UN peacekeeping since 2016.
French military specialists will provide military engineers of the VPD with theories and practices of landmine and explosive ordnance disposal in compliance with international standards and share expertise with doctors of a level-2 field hospital of the Vietnam Military Medical University in raising awareness of mines and explosive remnants of war in UN peacekeeping missions.
The program demonstrates the trust between Vietnam and France in training units assigned to join UN peacekeeping missions as well as Vietnamese efforts to prepare for the UN missions in the future, said French Defence Attaché in Vietnam Christophe Talon.