HANOI, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- The third session of the Vietnam- France Joint Committee on Defense Cooperation was held here Wednesday and co-chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defense Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh and French Deputy Chief of Staff Major General Gratien Maire.
At the working session, both sides highly evaluated effective cooperation in various areas between the Vietnamese and French ministries of defense, including exchange of visits, staff training, cooperation on military science and technology.
The two sides suggested measures to further enhance the all- sided cooperation in the future including maritime security, patrol and supervision, staff training and others.
Both sides also exchanged information of international and regional issues of mutual concern.
Before concluding the session, Nguyen Chi Vinh and Gratien Maire signed documents on defense cooperation in 2013 between the two countries.
During their stay in Vietnam, Major General Gratien Maire and his entourage paid a courtesy visit to Vietnamese Minister of National Defense, General Phung Quang Thanh, and visited the High Command of Vietnamese Navy, Division 308, First Army Corps.