Vietnam, France look to boost defence trade collaboration

07 September 2016

Vietnam and France have agreed to expand collaboration on defence trade and related industrial engagement. The accord was signed during French president Francois Hollande's visit to Hanoi, which concluded 7 September.

A joint statement said that the two countries would soon implement a forum to explore areas for co-operation on defence equipment covering trade, technology transfers, and industrial collaboration.

Defence co-operation will also expand in areas related to military medicine, naval vessels visits, maritime security, and peacekeeping.

The talks on defence trade will be linked to the Vietnam-France Joint Committee on National Defence Co-operation, which was formed in 2009 to support enhanced strategic alliances between the two countries.

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