Members of Vietnam's Level-2 Field Hospital No.2 (Photo: VNA)

Speaking on the sidelines of the opening of the UN General Assembly’s 76th session on September 21, Deputy Minister of National Defence Hoang Xuan Chien said that he had met and discussed with the Deputy Secretary-General of the UN and the UN Senior Military Advisor activities related to peacekeeping, in which the UN highly appreciates Vietnam.

According to the Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defence, Vietnamese peacekeeping officers received good assessment for their performance, with more than 31% rated as excellent, especially women officers,

The UN also recognizes and appreciates Vietnam's responsibility, as well as its professionalism in peacekeeping activities, and hopes that in the coming time Vietnam will continue to maintain and develop these forces at missions.

Noting Vietnam’s intentions of continued participation in the UN peacekeeping activities in the upcoming time, Deputy Minister Chien said that Vietnam will continue to maintain its presence in peacekeeping missions, including the Level-2 Field Hospital No.3, while preparing Level-2 Field Hospital No.4 to replace the No.3 when its term ends.

“Meanwhile, Vietnam is also making preparations in personnel, organisation and equipment for an engineering force for a suitable UN peacekeeping mission following the UN requests,” he said, adding that Vietnam is ready to receive examination teams from the UN for pre-launch check.

Talking with Vietnam News Agency, he emphasized that Vietnam has paid great attention to ensuring an adequate ratio of women officers in peacekeeping operations at 15-21 percent, he underlined, adding that Vietnam will strive to further increase the ratio to meet the requirements of reality./.

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