Military ties between Singapore and Vietnam will grow stronger under a new defence pact.
An agreement to formalise existing interactions and promote new areas of cooperation was signed between the defence ministries of Singapore and Vietnam on Monday.
The Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) was inked at the Vietnam Ministry of National Defence by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean and Vietnam's Minister of National Defence General (GEN) Phung Quang Thanh.
"The signing of the DCA at the ministerial level marks a significant milestone in the warm and growing defence relationship between both countries, and reflects their commitment towards enhancing bilateral defence ties through closer defence cooperation", Singapore's Ministry of Defence said in a news release.
Before the signing, DPM Teo also called on GEN Thanh to discuss bilateral defence cooperation, regional security developments and the regional security architecture.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said the freshly-signed agreement on national defence cooperation will bring practical benefit to both sides and increase mutual understanding, and strengthen friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
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