Vietnam, South Africa agree defence co-operation

23 August 2019

Vietnam and South Africa have agreed to expand defence ties, with a view to undertaking joint development and production activities.

The Ministry of National Defence (MND) in Hanoi said on 22 August that the agreement was reached in talks between Vietnam's defence minister General Ngo Xuan Lich and his visiting counterpart from South Africa, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

According to the MND, the accord will facilitate deepened engagement in the defence industry, supported by technology transfers from South Africa to Vietnam. Such collaboration would follow agreed defence exports from South Africa to Vietnam, but the MND did not elaborate.

Another area of potential collaboration, said the MND, is military telecommunications.

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