Defense Minister to make official visit to Vietnam during September 25-27


BANGKOK, 23 September 2012 – The Defense Minister is set to make his official visit to Vietnam next week, in a bid to strengthen security ties between the two neighbors. 

Defense Ministry Spokesman Colonel Thanathip Sawangsaeng said that Defense Minister Air Chief Marshal Sukumpol Suwanatat is scheduled to travel to Vietnam during September 25-27, at the invitation from his Vietnamese counterpart, General Phung Quang Thanh.

The official trip is intended to promote closer ties and enhance both countries’ security cooperation, aimed to benefit the people of the two Southeast Asian nations and to reflect their commitment towards regional security under the framework of the ASEAN Community.

Col Thanathip added that both ministers will also discuss a national defense agreement between Thailand and Vietnam, in a move to further promote the two nations’ military collaboration.

He stated that the upcoming trip will focus on military issues, which range from national security and defense to intelligence and science and technology as well as other related aspects.