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Vietnam, Czech Republic sign defense deal

Staff writer ▼ | August 20, 2014
Vietnam and the Czech Republic have signed in Hanoi an agreement that cements the European country's position as one of the biggest suppliers of military equipment to the Vietnamese armed forces.
Vietnam defense
Meetings in Hanoi   Preliminary agreement signed
The agreement coincided with further meetings in Hanoi between Vietnamese and US defense officials about an expansion of the two countries' strategic partnership: efforts that add momentum to any US decision to ease its long-standing ban on lethal defense items to the Southeast Asian country.

The Vietnam government said its preliminary agreement with the Czech Republic features a pledge to collaborate in military technologies, training, maintenance and repair, and wider defense industrial activity in unspecified fields.