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RCAF to vet soldiers for Vietnamese training

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Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang and General Vong Pisen meet yesterday. General Commander Headquarters

Vietnam’s armed forces yesterday requested RCAF vet the competence of its soldiers before sending them over for training.

Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang, chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army and the country’s deputy defence minister, made the request during a meeting with RCAF commander-in-chief General Vong Pisen at the General Command Headquarters.

GCH spokesman Major General Thong Solimo said Lt Gen Phan urged the Cambodian side to review the quality and capacity of soldiers before sending them to train in Vietnam because some of those who had been sent in the past had limited knowledge, especially those in the medical corps.

He noted that Gen Pisen responded by saying that Cambodia will work hard to strictly vet the quality and capacity of soldiers selected to be trained in Vietnam.

Maj Gen Solimo said that yesterday’s meeting was to discuss strengthening cooperation and relations between the two militaries.

“Lt Gen Phan also said that the Vietnamese will continue helping to train Cambodian soldiers,” he said.

Maj Gen Solimo said both sides also discussed preparations for a joint exercise between the two militaries to be held along the border in Svay Rieng province and Vietnam’s Long An province next month.

“During the exercise, both armed forces will cooperate to prevent transnational crimes, boost security and public order along the border and search for the remains of Vietnamese soldiers killed during the 1980s,” he said.

Maj Gen Solimo noted that the Vietnamese military has been helping to train Cambodian soldiers for decades.

“Since 1979, Vietnam has helped to train thousands of Cambodian soldiers in Vietnam,” he said. “More Cambodian soldiers have gone to study in Vietnam than those from other foreign countries.”

Maj Gen Solimo said that Lt Gen Phan is on an official visit to Cambodia until tomorrow.

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