Vietnam and the European Union (EU) have signed an agreement on the establishment of a framework for Vietnam’s participation in crisis management activities of the EU.
|General Ngo Xuan Lich, Politburo member and Minister of National Defense (left) and Vice President of the European Commission and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini on the EU side sign the Framework Participation Agreement (FPA) in Belgium’s capital of Brussels on October 17__Photo: VNA
General Ngo Xuan Lich, Politburo member and Minister of National Defense and Vice President of the European Commission and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini on the EU side sign the Framework Participation Agreement (FPA) in Belgium’s capital of Brussels on October 17.
The signing of the FPA marked an important milestone in bilateral defense relations, contributing to enhancing the Vietnam-EU Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation.
The FPA serves as a foundation for the signing of specific cooperation deals between the two sides.
It also paves the way for Vietnam to join humanitarian crisis management activities, based on principles of the UN Charter and international law, of which the most important principle is the right to select areas and level of participation suitable with the partner’s external policies, demands and capability.
Based on that principle, the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense has chosen to work with the EU in establishing a defense policy dialogue with the European External Action Service, training, participating in UN peacekeeping activities and addressing post-war consequences.
For the EU, the signing of the FPA will help promote cooperation with Vietnam, making it easier for the union to strengthen ties with the Asia-Pacific region.
After the signing ceremony, Minister Lich had a meeting with Mogherini, during which the two sides affirmed their determination to boost the bilateral defense partnership to increase mutual understanding and support the regional security architecture, with the ASEAN playing the central role.
The two sides agreed to step up cooperation in coping with common security challenges, including non-traditional ones such as search and rescue, and combating piracy and armed robbery targeting ships, organized crime and trafficking, in accordance with international law.
Mogherini said the EU and its members are concerned about the complex situation in the East Sea.
The EU called on involved parties to comply with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The EU supports negotiations to reach a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) in a transparent manner for the interests of countries in the region and partner nations, she said.
Earlier on October 16, Minister Lich met with Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (CEUMC), General Claudio Graziano.- (VNS/VLLF)