UK & Vietnam sign Defence Co-operation Memorandum of Understanding
The signing follows on from the Strategic Partnership Declaration signed on 8 September 2010 by Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Pham Gia Khiem, and the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague.
The MOU with Vietnam, negotiated by UKTI DSO, demonstrates the UK's commitment to pursuing an active foreign policy with emerging powers around the world. The UK aims to make the Strategic Partnership a springboard to take our growing bilateral trade relationship to the next level.
The Strategic Partnership Declaration demonstrates the breadth and the depth of our co-operation, including defence and security.
The UK is looking to engage more closely with countries in South East Asia and the Defence Co-operation MOU signed by Lord Astor and Lieutenant General Vinh is another example of this regional engagement.
It is expected that the MOU signing will further enhance the bilateral relationship and will aid the exchange of information in areas such as training, industrial cooperation and peace support operations.
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