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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