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Vietnam, Thailand boost military ties

VNA 16/12/2010 - A high-ranking delegation of the Royal Thai Army led by General Prayut Chanocha wrapped up their two-day working visit to Vietnam on Dec. 16.

During its stay in Vietnam , the Thai delegation met with a senior delegation of the Vietnam People’s Army, headed by deputy chief of the General Staff, Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Trung Thu, during which the two sides briefed each other about socio-economic development, national defence and security situations as well as the building of army forces.

They proposed measures to boost military relations between the two countries in the future, including joint sea-rescue drills, military officer training and the exchange of military delegations at low levels in a move to increase mutual understanding and trust.

General Prayut Chanocha, who is also commander of Thai land forces, praised Vietnam for successfully hosting ASEAN summits as the bloc’s Chair, including a number of national defence and security meetings.

He expressed his wish that friendship between the two countries’ people and military forces would continue to prosper, contributing to regional peace and stability.

The Thai delegation paid a courtesy visit to Vietnamese Defence Minister, General Phung Quang Thanh, Army Corp 3 under Military Zone 1 and made a tour of Hanoi./.

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