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Vietnam, Indonesia to boost defense ties


18:41, May 27, 2013

HANOI, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam and Indonesia should establish a strategic dialogue on national defense policy at deputy ministerial level to realize their 2010 cooperation Memorandum of Understanding, said Vietnamese Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh.

The defense official made the proposal at a reception for Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, Deputy Minister of National Defense of Indonesia, in Vietnam's capital Hanoi on Monday, reported state- owned Voice of Vietnam.

For his part, Sjamsoeddin said that Indonesia has established a training centre for its peacekeeping force and is willing to share its experience with Vietnam in the field.

The two sides agreed on the need to enhance the exchange of officers at all levels and cooperation in defense industry.

On the occasion, Sjamsoeddin introduced to General Thanh on military aircraft CN-295, a transportation plane that uses Airbus components and is assembled by Indonesia's PT Dirgantara Group, on which the Deputy Minister and his entourage flew to Vietnam this time.

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