Visiting Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Nienke Trootster made that statement at a reception by Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Minister of National Defense, on March 14 at the Ministry of National Defense’s headquarters in Hanoi for the delegation of the Dutch Ministry of Defense. 

Ambassador Trootster briefed the host on the outcome of the delegation’s meeting with the Vietnam Peacekeeping Center and their agreed important cooperation contents in the future such as exchanges of experts, experience sharing, and training courses to improve expertise of UNPKO officers. 

Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Minister of National Defense receiving Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Nienke Trootster. Photo:


She also expressed her pleasure at Vietnam’s success in UNPKO over the past nearly three years and stressed that the good results in the bilateral defense ties over the past time have made important contributions to promoting the two countries’ friendship.

Hailing the guest’s working visit to Vietnam which will end on March 17, Gen. Vinh spoke highly of Dutch military’s competence and experience on humanitarian assistance and UNPKO.

He suggested the two Ministries of Defense’s leadership direct related units to boost their cooperation in a practical manner, including UNPKO; consider the cooperation in UNPKO a priority in the two countries’ defense ties; strengthen all-level delegation exchanges on UNPKO; share experience on UNPKO in different forms, such as exchanges of experts and mobile training staff as well as joint organization of seminars and provision of training documents.

The host also hoped the Netherlands would continue inviting Vietnamese officers to training courses and conferences on UNPKO hosted by the country.

At the reception, the host and guest showed their consensus on backing the signing of a memorandum of understanding on promoting defense cooperation in the future between Vietnam and the Netherlands.

The host took this occasion to convey the invitation to visit Vietnam in the coming time from Minister of National Defense Ngo Xuan Lich to his Dutch counterpart.

Translated by Mai Huong